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Offered By: Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya

This International Masters programme in ASEAN Studies provides an advanced level of understanding of the political, economic, social, and cultural forces which shape ASEAN as well as the attendant policy process in a range of issue areas. It does so through a consideration of aspects of ASEAN.

  • To offer an analysis of the historical, social and cultural forces that have shaped Southeast Asia as a macro-region in the world order.
  • To consider the contested nature of theoretical concepts – how the same basic categories are understood in partially different ways in competing theoretical approaches to regionalism and regionalization, and how some concepts belong more to some theories than to other.
  • To assess the institutional arrangements, changing policy agenda and governance issue of ASEAN in the contemporary period.
  • To compare the key characteristics of ASEAN with analogous developments in regional associations elsewhere in the world.

Aims And Objectives
The course aims to critically assess the signifi cance of ASEAN as a regional project in terms of theoretical, conceptual, and empirical debates from a range of social science discipline. On completion of this programme, students should have:

  • Arrived at an informed understanding of the need for concept in understanding ASEAN and explored these concepts in some detail.
  • Acquired knowledge of the context, institutional framework, issue agenda, and governance mechanisms of ASEAN and interpreted several major issues associated with its contemporary development in some detail.
  • Compared and evaluated ASEAN in the context of other regional and global developments.
  • Developed key analytical, interpretative, practitioner, oral and written presentation skills.

The programme requires students to undertake a total of 13 academic courses, an internship and write a project paper, amounting to a total of 48 credits. The requirements are categorized in the following modules:

Programme Core Course
- History, Society and Culture in Southest Asia (QXGD6101)
- Regionalization and Regionalism: Theory and Practice (QXGD6102)
- Legal Institutional and Governance frameworks (QXGD6104)
- Economic and PoliticalPolicy Agendas (QXGD6105)
- Politics and Security in the Asia - Pacific Region (QXGD6107)
- Functional Cooperation in ASEAN (QXGD6108)
AEI Core Courses
- Political Economy of Asia Europe Relations (QXGD6101)
- Globalisation and Regional Integration (QXGX6102)
- Research Methods and Data Analysis for Social Scientists (QXGX6103)
- Advanced Studies in Malaysian Politics, Goverment and Economics (QXGX6105)
Cross-Programme Courses
Two courses drawn from other International Masters programmes
UM Elective Course
One course drawn from a selection of courses offered by University Malaya
Internship (QXGD6170)
One-month duration
Project Paper (QXGD6180)
To be written under supervision

Target Students
This programme is designed for students for whom an MA will be a prelude to careers in fi elds related to business, international, regional, government and non-governmental organizations, or any career where advanced knowledge of ASEAN, regional integration and globalization coupled with an advanced capacity to communicate effectively will be an advantage. It will appeal particularly to those with an interest in historical, cultural, political, and economic aspects of regional integration.