Subject details

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

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
    • Print materials

      • Study guide
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links
    • Other materials

      • Audio

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

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 subject provides a comparative analysis into the counter-terrorism policies and practices in Asia.

  • 1500 words written essay (30%)
  • 1500 words written essay (30%)
  • Written final invigilated exam (40%)

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undergraduate MUR-STC-DEG-2019

Bachelor of Arts Security Terrorism and Counter-terrorism

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  • PART II (Level 3) Core units - Major
  • PART II (Level 2) Core units - Major