International Policing and Counter Terrorism (Previously: International Policing Systems) - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1
  • Availability for 2018: Sem1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Assessment 1 (5%) , Assignment 2 - Assessment 2 (20%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 3,311.00
International 3,561.00

This unit introduces students to key issues and challenges of the new global terrorism which emerged after the end of the Cold War. The unit begins by exploring the seminal events of 9-11, the nature and challenge of the new global terrorism and the responses of the United States and other key states to it. The unit then examines the definition, causes and tactics of terrorist groups, as well as various terrorism typologies, which illustrate the diversity and complexity of terrorist groups and motivations. The unit also assesses counter-terrorism strategies as well as international counter-terrorism and policing cooperation. This unit utilizes perspectives and knowledge drawn from history, terrorism studies, foreign policy, counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency to examine, in a holistic manner, the phenomenon of contemporary terrorism and how to counter it.  

On completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. critique the theories that underpin the development of policing systems around the world
  2. analyse the major forms of policing system in use globally with the ability to compare and contrast the merits of each
  3. distinguish the socio/economic/political factors that determine how policing systems are employed
  4. analyse specific contemporary challenges that impact on policing systems on a global scale
  5. examine the strategies used to meet the contemporary challenges confronting international policing authorities.
  • Assignment 1 — Assessment 1 (5%)
  • Assignment 2 — Assessment 2 (20%)
  • Assignment 3 — Assessment 3 (40%)
  • Assignment 4 — Assessment 4 (35%)

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
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

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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