Perspectives on Security and Terrorism - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit was previously known as PTR100 Perspectives on Security and Terrorism.

This unit introduces the concepts of security, risk, terrorism and counterterrorism and examines how various agents in international society perceive and employ them. It explains how and why terrorism undermines security and what measures are often taken to counter it. The unit also analyses the relationships between terrorism and religion, the media, democracy and international law. It finally examines the way Australia has responded to terrorist threats since the attacks on the US in September 2001 .

At the completion of this unit students will:

  1. develop a critical understanding of and ability to discuss the nature of security, terrorism and counter-terrorism
  2. 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
  3. understand the history of terrorism and identify any discernible patterns in counter-terrorism strategies
  4. identify the central issues confronting security agencies and decision-makers in the face of terrorism and what options are available.
  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • PTR100 — Perspectives on Security and Terrorism

It is recommended that students complete a foundation unit before starting this unit.

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This unit addresses the following topics.

2The nature of international society
3Security in international society
4Risk in international society
5Terrorism in international society
6Emergence of insurgency
7Counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency
8Terrorism and religious intolerance;
9Terrorism and democracy;
10Terrorism and the media
11The UN and counter-terrorism
12Australia and counter-terrorism

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • 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.

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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Required textbooks

  • Global Terrorism

    By:Lutz & Lutz

    ISBN: 9780415539456


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