Singapore University of Social Sciences

Countering Violent Extremism in Southeast Asia

Countering Violent Extremism in Southeast Asia (PSS301)


PSS301 Countering Violent Extremism in Southeast Asia covers specific topics pertaining to terrorism in Southeast Asia. By understanding the evolution of radicalism and terrorism within the region, students will be able to gain deeper knowledge on cultural issues and considerations in combating terrorism in Southeast Asia. This course also covers de-radicalisation, crime diversion and rehabilitation strategies.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JAN


  • Introduction to insurgency, radicalisation/terrorism in Southeast Asia
  • Origins, magnitude and evolution of the threat
  • Radicalism in Southeast Asia
  • Threat of homegrown radicals
  • Theories related to radicalisation in Southeast Asia
  • Psychological aspects of radicalisation and de-radicalisation
  • Online radicalisation
  • Challenges in addressing radicalisation
  • Counter radicalisation measures
  • Effectiveness and challenges
  • Rehabilitation and community partnership
  • Strategies and outcomes

Learning Outcome

  • Examine the different terror threats facing Southeast Asia
  • Distinguish contributing factors leading to radicalisation
  • Appraise counter-terrorism measures
  • Analyse strategies based on the theoretical understanding of radicalisation in Southeast Asia
  • Compare the different terror groups specific to Southeast Asia
  • Identify ways to prevent radicalisation and assess effectiveness of intervention programmes
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