Counter Terrorism - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
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  • Availability for 2017: Sem2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Assessment 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 - Assessment 2 (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,214.00
International 3,464.00

Terrorism is a controversial issue in part because of the debates and confusions around how best to defend against it. This unit will build on PICX802 by critically examining a range of themes central to effective practical counterterrorism, from a community, state, regional and global perspective. Strategic and tactical counter terrorism will be explored with particular focus on key concepts such as radicalization and de-radicalisation, countering violent extremism, and understanding terrorist narratives and counter narratives. Wider issues contextualising the sociology and anthropology of terrorist violence will be considered, as will ethical debates concerning appropriate counterterrorism response, how terrorism ends, and the relationship between counterterrorism and human rights.

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

  1. demonstrate a higher level understanding of the concepts of counter terrorism and national security contemporary literature relating to the concepts of national security and counter terrorism
  2. display engagement with the field of counter terrorism and national security through the examination and exploration of critical texts, concepts and theories
  3. investigate a substantial body of contemporary counter terrorism and national security literature
  4. demonstrate higher order communication skills including the ability to present sustained and persuasive arguments cogently and coherently
  5. model research skills, particularly the ability to select appropriately and integrate knowledge from diverse sources to evaluate its significance and relevance; synthesise material and present findings, rationally and lucidly
  6. demonstrate higher level skills in critical analysis.
  • Assignment 1 — Assessment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Assessment 2 (20%)
  • Assignment 3 — Assessment 3 (50%)
  • Assignment 4 — Assessment 4 (10%)

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:

  • PIC881 — National Security and Counter Terrorism

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

This unit addresses the following topics.


This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

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  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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