Politics and Security in SouthEast Asia: Terrorists, Gangsters and the State - 2017

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 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assessment - Think Piece (10%) , Invigilated Exam (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

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

This unit examines the emergence and interrelationship of a broad range of non-traditional and human security issues in contemporary Southeast Asia. The unit adopts a critical approach in examining topics such as organised crime, political corruption, environmental and resource security. Other topics covered include human trafficking and structural violence. Responses to and political conflicts over these issues by and between states and societies, as well as the implications these hold for our understanding of 'security' itself, will be examined.

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.

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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