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POLSC322: Asia-Pacific Politics

Unit 9: Politics and Government in Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, and The Philippines, 1945-Present   In this unit, you will examine the development of government and politics in Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, and the Philippines.  Thailand is the only one of these four nations that was not a colony, so its path has been very different from the others.  Thailand has a constitutional monarchy – while the King has little formal political power, he remains highly respected by the people and is still a political force of sorts.
           
Singapore has had a relatively easy transition from British colony to independent nation member of the British Commonwealth.  The Philippines and Indonesia have had more difficult transitions during their independence – civil wars, insurrection, and coup d’etats have occurred.  Additionally, terrorism has gained a stronghold in both the Philippines and Indonesia.

Unit 9 Time Advisory
This unit will take you approximately 10 hours to complete.

☐    Subunit 9.1: 2.5 hours

☐    Subunit 9.2: 2.5 hours

☐    Subunit 9.3: 2.5 hours

☐    Subunit 9.4: 2.5 hours

Unit9 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the structure of the political systems of Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, and the Philippines since 1945.
  • Discuss major domestic political movements in Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, and the Philippines since 1945.
  • Identify contemporary political, foreign relations, and trade issues in Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, and the Philippines.
  • Assess the manner in which the history and culture of Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, and the Philippines impacts current political strategies.

9.1 Politics and Government of Thailand, 1945-Present   - Reading: U.S. Department of State: Background Note: Thailand Link: U.S. Department of State: Background Note: Thailand (HTML)
 
Instructions: Please go to the linked page and read the article, which discusses Thailand’s modern political system, economy, and current issues it faces.
 
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  • Reading: U.S. Library of Congress: A Country Study: Thailand Link: U.S. Library of Congress: A Country Study: Thailand (HTML)
     
    Instructions: Please go to the linked page.  Read chapters 3, 4, and 5 of the report.  You can access the links to the chapters from the left column of the linked webpage.
     
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  • Web Media: YouTube: LSEIDEAS: Professor Duncan McCargo’s “Politics and the Rule of Law in Thailand” Link: YouTube: LSEIDEAS: Professor Duncan McCargo’s “Politics and the Rule of Law in Thailand” (YouTube)
     
    Instructions: Please go to the linked page and watch the short video (5 minutes).
     
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9.2 Politics and Government of Indonesia, 1945-Present   - Reading: U.S. Department of State: Background Note: Indonesia Link: U.S. Department of State: Background Note: Indonesia (HTML)
 
Instructions: Please go to the linked page and read the article, which discusses Indonesia’s modern political system, economy, and current issues it faces.
 
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  • Reading: U.S. Library of Congress: A Country Study: Indonesia Link: U.S. Library of Congress: A Country Study: Indonesia (HTML)
     
    Instructions: Please go to the linked page.  Read chapters 3, 4, and 5 of the report.  You can access the links to the chaptersfrom the left column of the linked webpage.
     
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  • Reading: The Carnegie Council: Theodore Friend and Joanne Myers’ “Indonesian Democracy: New Hope” Link: The Carnegie Council: Theodore Friend and Joanne Myers’ “Indonesian Democracy: New Hope” (HTML)

    Also available in:

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    Instructions: Please go to the linked page and read the transcript of this panel discussion. 
     
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  • Lecture: UCTV: Dr. Suzanne Brenner’s “Islam in Indonesia and the Philippines” lecture Link: UCTV: Dr. Suzanne Brenner’s “Islam in Indonesia and the Philippines” (Adobe Flash)
     
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    Instruction: Please go to the linked page and listen to the lecture by Dr. Brenner in which she discusses the current practice of Islam in the Philippines and Indonesia and how these countries view the U.S.’s “War on Terror” (29 minutes).
     
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9.3 Politics and Government of Singapore, 1945-Present   - Reading: U.S. Department of State: Background Note: Singapore Link: U.S. Department of State: Background Note: Singapore (HTML)
 
Instructions: Please go to the linked page and read the article, which discusses Singapore’smodern political system, economy, and current issues it faces.
 
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  • Reading: U.S. Library of Congress: A Country Study: Singapore Link: U.S. Library of Congress: A Country Study: Singapore (HTML)
     
    Instructions: Please go to the linked page.  Read chapters 3, 4, and 5 of the report.  You can access the links to the chapters from the left column of the linked webpage.
     
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  • Web Media: YouTube: jameswiffen: The Miracle of Asia – Singapore: Part 1 and Part 2 Link: YouTube: jameswiffen: The Miracle of Asia – SingaporePart 1 (YouTube) and Part 2 (YouTube)
     
    Instructions:  Please go to the linked pages and view the videos (5 minutes each).
     
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9.4 Politics and Government of the Philippines, 1945-Present   - Reading: U.S. Department of State: Background Note: Philippines Link: U.S. Department of State: Background Note: Philippines (HTML)
 
Instructions: Please go to the linked page and read the article, which discussesthe Philippines’ modern political system, economy, and current issues it faces.
 
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  • Reading: U.S. Library of Congress: A Country Study: Philippines Link: U.S. Library of Congress: A Country Study: Philippines (HTML)
     
    Instructions: Please go to the linked page.  Read chapters 3, 4, and 5 of the report.  You can access the links to the chapters from the left column of the linked webpage.
     
    Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use displayed on the webpages above.