Subject details

At the completion of this subject 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.
  • Topics
    • Introduction: security and politics in Southeast Asia
    • Terrorism and the war on terrorism in Southeast Asia
    • Sectarian and separatist conflict
    • Vigilantes, violent entrepreneurs and warlords
    • Organised and transnational crime in Southeast Asia
    • Gangs and the state
    • Maritime security and piracy in Southeast Asia
    • State terror: Burma and Indonesia
    • Political and economic corruption
    • Urbanisation, migration and human security
    • Deforestation and resource conflict
    • Conclusion
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

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

  • MUR-POL213
  • MUR-PTR213


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

Special requirements

No special requirements

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

This subject examines the emergence and interrelationship of a broad range of non-traditional and human security issues in contemporary Southeast Asia. The subject 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.

  • Assignment 1 - Research Essay (50%)
  • Assignment 2 - Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Assignment 3 - Think Piece (10%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

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