Australia's Counter Terrorism Strategy - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Assessment 1 (10%) , Assignment 2 - Assessment 2 (40%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 3,311.00
International 3,561.00

This unit was previously known as Terrorism Dynamics

This unit examines the complex webs of networks and relationships involved in the development and evolution of violent extremism. These dynamics will be examined through a socio-cultural theoretical framework that draws upon contemporary terrorist scholarship including social media analysis and facilitates a critical examination of violent extremism. The unit will expose students to the complex web of socio-cultural, psychological, ideological, political and economic dynamics that produce, sustain, evolve and dissolve terrorism and violent extremism. Real world case-studies drawing on violent extremist activities, counter policies and initiatives will assist students in the formulation of sustained and persuasive arguments and techniques relating to current and future trends and patterns in the field of terrorist studies.  The unit will establish a strong grounding in the theoretical constructs and techniques for a future career in the broader security discipline.

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

  1. identify, examine and analyse texts, concepts and theories relating to the social construction of terrorism and violent extremism
  2. identify, investigate and evaluate the dynamics that impact on the development, evolution and dissolution of terrorism and violent extremism
  3. critique contemporary literature relating to concepts of terrorism and violent extremism
  4. formulate sustained and persuasive written and oral arguments demonstrating the ability to select appropriate sources, integrate knowledge, evaluate its relevance and present findings rationally and lucidly
  5. demonstrate higher-level skills in critical analysis.
  6. Students will be able use counter terrorism tools, including network analysis, as a means of identifying issues, challenges, and opportunities in small and large data sets.
  • Assignment 1 — Assessment 1 (10%)
  • Assignment 2 — Assessment 2 (40%)
  • Assignment 3 — Assessment 3 (50%)

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:

  • PIC873 — Terrorist Support Networks and Operations

A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this unit will be provided in your study materials.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

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:

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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