A History of Terrorism - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (35%) , Essay 2 (45%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit will put terrorism into broad historical context, exploring the experiences of terrorism through the ages and how societies responded to moments of terror. With a broad chronological framework, this course will unravel the meaning of terrorism and how it was experienced from antiquity to the present day.

At the completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. understand the major developments in the history of political violence as well as the changing meanings of terrorism over a broad chronological period
  2. critique different viewpoints on these events using a range of sources
  3. demonstrate effective written and/or oral communication skills
  4. critically evaluate
  5. display responsible, effective citizenship
  6. work under pressure.
  • Essay 1 (35%)
  • Essay 2 (45%)
  • Online Discussion (20%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 2 units normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 units or other relevant experience.

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1What is terrorism?.
2Who is a terrorist?
3What is the most significant moment in the history of terrorism?
4Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.
5The 'Reign of Terror' in the Age of Revolutions.
6Anarchist terrorism.
7State terror.
8Ethno-nationalist terrorism.
9International terrorism.
10The IRA and PLO.
11Alternative and cult terrorism.
12Jihadist terrorism.
13The future of terrorism.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 Co-Op textbook list.

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