Singapore University of Social Sciences

War Peace Crime and Punishment in Southeast Asia

War Peace Crime and Punishment in Southeast Asia (SEC339)

Applications Open: 01 October 2023

Applications Close: 15 November 2023

Next Available Intake: January 2024

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1391.78 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Others

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Business


Diplomacy is the triumph of peace over war. In the absence of diplomacy, abuse, conflict, punishment and eventually war become dominant in Southeast Asian politics. Students will be taken through history to learn about “First Contact” with the Portuguese, the Christianization of Southeast Asia, the Dutch and British eras, World War I, the rise of Southeast Asian nationalism, World War II, the Korean War (and its impact on Southeast Asia), the Vietnam War, and the Cold War. Students will also be taught the importance of peace through diplomacy as a form of non-traditional security.

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


  • Early forms of political control in Southeast Asia
  • Colonial Southeast Asia
  • Postcolonial Southeast Asia
  • Independence and Diplomacy
  • Intellectual approaches and diplomacy in Southeast Asia
  • Non-traditional Security: Peace through diplomacy

Learning Outcome

  • Appraise power centres in ancient Southeast Asia.
  • Distinguish the power motifs in precolonial Southeast Asia.
  • Critique the nature and operation of the different Western colonial systems.
  • Examine causes and roots of nationalism.
  • Propose factors responsible for the development of an 'Asian identity'.
  • Arrange the different roots of nationalism according to the historical circumstances of each Southeast Asia country.
  • Judge the extent of the impact of Konfrontasi on the whole Southeast Asia region.
  • Synthesize the impact of post-war security policies of the U.S. on its relationship in Southeast Asia.
  • Assess the inter-connectedness of world events and domestic policies of each Southeast Asian country.
  • Construct the circumstances surrounding the formation of regionalism and the aims of ASEAN.
  • Evaluate the measures used by ASEAN to address transboundary issues.
  • Rate transboundary issues and their effects.
  • Apply security studies concepts to seminar discussions.
  • Interpret work-based problems with concepts in security studies.
  • Demonstrate competence in academic writing (political science).
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