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Afghan and South Asian Security (Module)

Module description

*Please note that although all module information is correct for the 2017/18 academic year, it is subject to change for future academic years. 


This module is intended to enable students to develop an informed and detailed understanding of the internal politics and international relations of countries of South Asia and Afghanistan, through which we will explore the intra- and interstate conflict of the region. This includes wider security issues in the region, including India-Pakistan relations, insurgencies in various countries, maritime security, the importance of China in South Asia and the security concerns of their establishments. The teaching will draw upon aspects of political science, history, international relations, security studies, anthropology and sociology to develop deeper insights into the origins and nature of these issues.

Students will also examine the courses of state-building in the countries concerned, and how this has shaped their political and security institutions, and the security perceptions of those institutions. The module will therefore include lectures and seminars on both regional and specifically national topics, and will trace the commonalities between Islamist insurgency and terrorism in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, Maoist insurgency in India and Nepal, and the various ethnic revolts of the region.

Learning Outcomes

The module is intended to familiarize students with a background in Afghan and South Asian security. This includes:

  • Strong historical understanding of contemporary security issues
  • Appreciation of the importance of political and strategic cultures in the approach to national security 
  • The nature and limitations of rising powers
  • The continued importance of Maoist ideology
  • The nature of international jihadi groups
  • The nature of nationalist and ethnic rebellions
  • Alternative explanations of deterrence theories
  • Importance of diaspora communities and the limitations of ‘global insurgencies’
  • Military modernization and force structure in India and Pakistan


Staff information

Dr. Adnan Naseemullah*

Teaching pattern

Typically, 1 credit equates to 10 hours of work. For a Full Year 40-credit module, this will equate to 40 hours of teaching time (2 hours per week) with 360 hours of self study.

Module assessment - more information

Coursework only*

Key information

Module code 7SSWM037

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework

Credit value 40

Semester Full-year

Study abroad module No