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Politics and Security in South-East Asia: Terrorists, Gangsters and the State (POL338)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit examines the emergence and interrelationship of a broad range of non-traditional and human security issues in contemporary Southeast Asia. The unit 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
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students will be able to should be able to:
LO1: Demonstrate a critical understanding of the breadth and complexity of non-traditional and human security issues in contemporary Southeast Asia.
LO2: Evaluate the interconnectedness and political contentiousness of a broad range of security challenges, including who is impacted and how, and the processes by which particular issues are 'securitised'.
LO3: Appraise non-traditional and human security issues such as organised crime, environmental security and politically motivated violence.
LO4: Analyse the literature pertaining to security in Southeast Asia.
LO5: Produce well researched oral and written work that is appropriately referenced and analytically related to the unit's contents.
Timetabled Learning Activities Workshop: 2.5 hours per week
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is a combination of structured learning in the form of lectures together with semi-structured discussions in tutorials on unit themes and topics. Audio-visual material, such as documentary film, is also used.
Assessment 1. A research essay of 2500 words, worth 50%, in which students will be expected to research and write an analytically coherent response to a given or self-developed question in relation to an aspect of non-traditional and human security in Southeast Asia.
2. For internal students, informed participation in workshop discussion over the course of the semester, worth 10% - For external students, a 500 think-piece worth 10% in which students are expected to critically engaged with an allocated reading, identifying, articulating, and responding to authors key argument.
3. A closed book two hour examination, worth 40%.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have completed POL213 Politics and Security in South-East Asia: Terrorists, Gangsters and the State may not enrol in this unit 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]
Appears in these Co-Majors Asian Societies and Cultures
Appears in these Minors Critical and Human Security
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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