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What will I learn?

This micro-credential examines the political economy of elections in Melanesia (PNG, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Bougainville). It considers the factors shaping the conduct of elections across the region, and implications of elections on democracy, governance, development and security. Incorporating insights from comparative politics, anthropology and development studies. The micro-credential explores how elections in the region differ from developed country electoral experiences and what this means for efforts to support electoral processes. Implications for the development of electoral support programs that respond to the specific Melanesian context are also considered. The focus of the readings is to provide a deeper grounded and contextual understanding of elections, drawing heavily on applied research conducted in Melanesian countries. Regional case studies are used to elucidate key aspects of elections.


The political economy of elections in Melanesia
Elections and (in)security
Elections, governance and development
Money politics and electoral competition in Melanesia
Political parties and campaigning
Elections, ICTs and social media
Women and elections
Electoral administration and electoral integrity in Melanesia
Elections in PNG
Elections in Solomon Islands
Elections and external actors – interests and engagement
Supporting elections in Melanesia – policy and programming challenges

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion, enrollees will have the knowledge and skills to:

Understand the contextual factors that condition how elections in Melanesia work
Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the relationship between elections and security, governance, development and stability
Appreciation of the challenges faced by key political and social actors such as women and civil society in participating in elections in Melanesia
Demonstrate a good understanding of the policy challenges involved in administering elections in Melanesia.
Appreciation of the distinctiveness of Melanesian elections in a comparative context

Which department am I in?

ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Study options

Full Time (Workload: Contact hours: 24 hours, face-to-face or online (eg via Zoom). Individual study and assessment: approx. 100-120 hours.)

Tuition fees
Information not available
Start date

To be confirmed


The Australian National University

Acton Campus,


Australian Capital Territory,

2601, CANBERRA, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

This micro-credential is taught at graduate level and assumes the generic skills of a Bachelors or equivalent.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.