Special Topic: Counterterrorism Policies and Practices - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP1
  • Assessment: Essay 1 - 1500 words written essay (30%) , Essay 2 - 1500 words written essay (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

Asia's experience with terrorism has been protracted. While the Malay Communist insurgency ended with the British COIN campaign, the LTTE in Sri Lanka was vanquished after a full-blown military attack and the Maoist insurgency in Nepal terminated with a political settlement. But several armed extremist movements continue. The al Qaeda and the Islamic State have added new complexities to states' quest to end such extremist movements. This unit provides a comparative analysis into the counter-terrorism policies and practices in Asia.

This unit aims to achieve the following specific learning outcomes:

  1. Knowledge: Students will have a good grasp of theories of and Asia’s experience with armed insurgency and terrorism.
  2. Comprehension: Students will understand the complexities of terrorism and the instruments of counterterrorism in the Asian context.
  3. Analysis: Students will be able to evaluate the major counterterrorism policy challenges and dilemmas affecting regional states such as India, Pakistan, China, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
  4. Argument: Students will be able to construct arguments that evaluate differing theoretical perspectives on human rights issues in counterterrorism.

This unit also aims to achieve the following generic learning outcomes:

  1. Prioritising material: Students will learn how to manage a large amount of empirical material and order it in a comprehensible manner.
  2. Synthesis: Students will be able to draw on the materials presented in lectures, tutorials and readings to make connections and draw conclusions.
  3. Critical thinking: Students will learn how to look at contested interpretations of terrorism and the nature and scope of terrorist threats and to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of these different interpretations.
  4. Communication: Through tutorials and assessments, students will learn how to present their ideas and thoughts, both verbally and in writing, in a structured and logical way.
  • Essay 1 — 1500 words written essay (30%)
  • Essay 2 — 1500 words written essay (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam — Written final exam (40%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 3 units normally assume a moderate level of prior knowledge in this area, eg from studying related Level 1 and 2 units or other relevant experience.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Insurgency and terrorism in Asia: Dissent articulation gone wrong? Exploring theoretical questions.
2Counter terrorism Instruments: Negotiations, Financial Pressure or Targeted killings, Limits and advantages
3Once world's most dangerous place: India's CT practices in Kashmir
4Pakistan's Tehreek-e-Taliban problem and the CT policies
5Insurgent Peace-making: A new approach to ending the war Afghanistan?
6Uighur Nationalism and China's CT policies
7Sri Lanka and the LTTE: End of an insurgency
8Nepal: How Maoist insurgency ended
9Force or Development: India and the Left-wing extremism challenge
10The de-radicalisation experience: Examples from Indonesia and Singapore
11Human Rights and Counter terrorism: Is a balance attainable?
12Counterterrorism Cooperation in Asia: What works best? Bilateral or Multilateral?

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board

Print based materials

  • Study Guide

Online materials

  • Resources and 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.
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