Politics and Security in South Asia - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit was previously known as PTR218 Politics and Security in South Asia.

Aims to develop a critical understanding of the nature of political and security challenges confronting the South Asian region and how these challenges impact upon global security; the relationship between politics, security and terrorism in South Asia; the appropriate counter-terrorism measures that have been taken by affected states; and the ‘out-of-the-box’ solutions to security problems confronting South Asia. While a regional perspective will be adopted, the unit will place particular emphasis on India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

On successful completion of the unit, you should have:

  1. a broad knowledge about the history of conflict and political violence in South Asia;
  2. a greater understanding about the nature of political and security challenges confronting the South Asian region and how these challenges impact upon global security;
  3. and a well developed analytical ability to design comprehensive strategies to deal with all aspects of security in South Asia.
  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
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:

  • PTR218 — Politics and Security in South Asia (Previously: Politics and Security in Southwest Asia)

Level 2 units normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area. Students must have completed 18 credit points (6 OUA units) at Level 1 before enrolling in this unit.

  • Additional materials — Students should purchase the Unit Reader via the Murdoch bookshop (http://our.murdoch.edu.au/Bookshop/Open-Universities-Australia)
  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Security Challenges in South Asia;
2Politics in India
3Politics in Pakistan
4Politics in Afghanistan
5Kashmir dispute
6Indo-Pakistan Wars;
7Pakistan-Afghanistan Conflict
8Nuclear weapons
9Islamic fundamentalism
109/11 and US invasion of Afghanistan
11Pakistan and the war in Afghanistan
12Prospects for peace in Southwest Asia

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.

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