Politics and Security in SouthEast Asia: Terrorists, Gangsters and the State - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP3 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assessment - Think Piece (10%) , Invigilated Exam (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit was previously known as POL213 Politics and Security in Southeast Asia: Terrorists, Gangsters and the State.

This unit examines the emergence and inter-relationship of a broad range of security issues in contemporary Southeast Asian Region. The unit adopts a critical approach towards a range of non-traditional security issues such as politically motivated violence and organised crime. topics such as drug smuggling, urban gangs and terrorism will be discussed. The responses to these issues by government and states as well as the implications these hold for our understanding of 'security' itself will be critically evaluated.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge about a broad range of security issues in Southeast Asia
  2. understand the interconnectedness of a broad range of security threats and how particular issues are 'securitised'
  3. demonstrate some in-depth knowledge about security threats such as organised crime, piracy, environmental security and politically motivated violence.
  • Assessment — Think Piece (10%)
  • Invigilated Exam (30%)
  • Research Essay (35%)
  • Review (25%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • POL213 — Politics and Security in Southeast Asia: Terrorists, Gangsters and the State

This unit is also equivalent to PTR213 Politics & Security in Southeast Asia. Students must have completed 18 credit points (6 OUA units) at Level 1 before enrolling in this unit.

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction: security and politics in Southeast Asia
2Terrorism and the war on terrorism in Southeast Asia
3Sectarian and separatist conflict
4Vigilantes, violent entrepreneurs and warlords
5Organised and transnational crime in Southeast Asia
6Gangs and the state
7Maritime security and piracy in Southeast Asia
8State terror: Burma and Indonesia
9Political and economic corruption
10Urbanisation, migration and human security
11Deforestation and resource conflict

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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