Counter Terrorism - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 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 will examine the structure and components of global counter-terrorism policies and initiatives. It will explore the relationships between foreign policy, international relations, and community dynamics exposing students to the complexity involved in delivering and evaluating effective solutions to the dynamic security threats posed by violent extremism. It will consider the complex and inter-connected roles played by organisations at a global, national and local level including the United Nations, Attorney General’s Department, Office of Premier and Cabinet, Multicultural NSW and a range of NGOs. Contemporary literature drawn from terrorism studies and real-world case-studies will expose students to important theoretical arguments relating to radicalisation, deradicalisation, and desistance and how these impact on the delivery of effective counterterrorism strategies.   

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

  1. demonstrate a higher level understanding of  critical comprehension regarding the concepts of counter terrorism and countering violent extremism.
  2. Display engagement with the theoretical and practical paradigms that shape counter terrorism through the examination and exploration of contemporary global and Australian specific policies, programs, and initiatives.
  3.  Investigate a substantial body of contemporary counter terrorism and countering violent extremism 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 appropriate knowledge and evidence from diverse sources in order to effectively evaluate its significance and relevance; formulate sustained and persuasive written and oral arguments.
  6. demonstrate higher level skills in critical analysis.
  7. Students will have an advanced understanding of Australia’s counter terrorism policy environment, including the different bureaucratic cultures and politics between the Attorney Generals Department, ASIO, ASIS, DIO, Federal and State Police.
  • 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:

  • 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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  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.
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