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2018/19 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PIED5456M Conflict and Insurgency in Southeast Asia

30 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Professor Duncan McCargo
Email: D.J.McCargo@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

The module applies a number of perspectives to conflicts and insurgencies in Southeast Asia, including security and (counter)insurgency perspectives, the comparative character of militant movements, perspectives based on minority rights and identity politics, explorations of the salience of religion, studies of language politics, questions of autonomy and decentralization, and the issue of peace negotiations and dialogue processes.

Objectives

On completion, students should be able to:
a) Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of conflicts and insurgencies in the Southeast Asian context
b) Be able to appraise competing interpretations of these conflicts, linking them to domestic and international political conditions and developments
c) Use analytical skills to present independent research on topics in this area.

Learning outcomes
Students will be equipped with empirical knowledge of a set of specific conflicts in contemporary Southeast Asia, along with an understanding of analytical tools which can deployed in approaching comparable movements in other parts of the world, and different historical time periods.

Skills outcomes
Political analysis; risk assessment; report-writing; presentation skills


Syllabus

1. THE PUZZLE: INTRODUCTION AND COURSE OVERVIEW
2. SOUTHERN THAILAND: INSURGENCY NOT JIHAD?
3. BURMA: THE ELUSIVE SETTLEMENT
4. INDONESIA: ACCOUNTING FOR ACEH
5. PHILIPPINES: THE END IN SIGHT?
6. SECURITY AND THE MILITARY
7. POLITICS OF IDENTITY
8. INSURGENCY AND THE NATION STATE
9. AUTONOMY IN QUESTION
10. RELIGION AND INSURGENCY
11. ACCOMMODATING NATIONALISM

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Seminar112.0022.00
Private study hours278.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Private study:

Weekly reading in preparation for seminars (10 hours per week x 11 weeks, total 110 hours)
Work for extended essays (2 x 84 hours, total 168 hours)

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored through class discussions and presentations.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 4000 words assessed end semester essay100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

2,000 word mid term essay (Non assessed)

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 27/03/2019

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