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Terrorism and Political Violence in South Asia (POL337)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit 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.
Unit Learning Outcomes On completion of this unit, students will be able to:
ULO 1: Demonstrate a broad knowledge about the history of conflict and political violence in South Asia.
ULO 2: Explain and analyse the nature of political and security challenges confronting the South Asian region and how these challenges impact upon global security.
ULO 3: Display a well-developed analytical ability to design comprehensive strategies to deal with all aspects of security in South Asia.
ULO 4: Effectively communicate complex information, concepts and problems with respect to conflict and political violence in South Asia through clear and accurate written work and video or oral presentations.
Timetabled Learning Activities 2.5 hour seminar per week
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is a combination of structured timetabled learning (combined lectures and tutorials) and self-directed learning tasks (including library- and internet-based research, self-study and analysis, and written work). The LMS discussion board will provide an opportunity to students to discuss ideas with other members of the class and with the unit coordinator / tutor. Lecture notes and other teaching materials will be available on LMS. Submission of written assignments is also to be made on LMS. It is expected that students will be spending about 150 hours on this unit over the semester.
Assessment Assessment for this unit is based on a combination of two written assignments / essays, tutorial participation (for students studying the unit in 'internal' mode) and a closed book, two hours written final examination. The various assessment tasks will help students to develop their analytical and creative thinking, strengthen their ability to communicate orally and in written English, and to acquire an in-depth knowledge of South Asian political and security issues along with an interdisciplinary and global outlook. Students will get written feedback from the unit coordinator / tutor on their written assignments and tutorial participation. Students also have the right to see their marked exam scripts.
Prerequisites POL161 & POL192 for those enrolled in Bachelor of Global Security, or at the discretion of the Unit Coordinator.
Exclusions Students who have completed POL218 Politics and Security in South Asia , or POL237 Terrorism and Political Violence in South Asia cannot enrol in POL337 Terrorism and Political Violence in South Asia for credit
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Criminology + Global Security [Combined] (BCrim)+(BGS) [New in 2019]
Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies (BGS) [New in 2019]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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