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Subject details

On successful completion of the subject, 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.
  • Topics

    • Security Challenges in South Asia;
    • Politics in India
    • Politics in Pakistan
    • Politics in Afghanistan
    • Kashmir dispute
    • Indo-Pakistan Wars;
    • Pakistan-Afghanistan Conflict
    • Nuclear weapons
    • Islamic fundamentalism
    • 9/11 and US invasion of Afghanistan
    • Pakistan and the war in Afghanistan
    • Prospects for peace in Southwest Asia
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture 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-PTR218


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

Special requirements

  • OtherDetails -

    Students should purchase the Unit Reader via the Murdoch bookshop (

This subject was previously known as POL237 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 subject will place particular emphasis on India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)

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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