Perspectives on Security and Terrorism
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- $795.00 (AUD)
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- $706.00 (AUD)
- International student fee:
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Attain a critical understanding of the nature of security and how security is threatened or undermined by terrorism. The guiding questions for this unit are: What is security? How does terrorism threaten security? Pursuing these questions will involve reading in several areas including theory, history and policy.
It is recommended that students complete SSK12 Introduction to University Learning and a foundation unit before starting this unit.
- Assignment 1 (20%)
- Assignment 2 (40%)
- Invigilated Exam (40%)
The broad aims of this unit are to assist you to do the following:
- develop a critical understanding of and ability to discuss the nature of security, terrorism and counter-terrorism
- develop an understanding of, and the ability to discuss the theoretical frameworks that best explain security and terrorism and to what extent these frameworks can explain Australia's approach to transnational terrorism
- understand the history of terrorism and identify any discernible patterns in counter-terrorism strategies
- identify the central issues confronting security agencies and decision-makers in the face of terrorism and what options are available.
This unit addresses the following topics.
|1||What is security and risk?|
|2||What is terrorism?|
|3||Terrorism in historical perspective|
|4||Insurgency and guerrilla warfare|
|5||Tactics and techniques of terrorists and insurgents|
|6||Terrorism and religious intolerance|
|7||Terrorism and democracy|
|8||Terrorism and the media|
|9||Counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency|
|10||Terrorism, law enforcement & the role of intelligence|
|11||Australia and transnational terrorism|
This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:
- Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
- Online assignment submission
- Podcasting/Lecture capture
- Web links
Print based materials
- Welcome Letter
- Audio/Video - Streaming
- Printable format materials
- Resources and Links
Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.
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This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:
This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:
- Certificate of Arts, Griffith University
- Bachelor of Arts, Griffith University
- Diploma of Arts, Griffith University
This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:
- Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
- In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Unibooks textbook list.
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