Terrorism Issues - 2016

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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 2016: Sess 1 , Sess 3
  • Assessment: Participation - Active Participation (20%) , Research Essay - (3000 words) (50%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 3,120.00
International 3,370.00

This unit explores the evolution of terrorism and politically motivated violence, considers the motivations of terrorists and terrorist groups and assesses trends in terrorist methodology. The unit includes case studies of terrorist and insurgent groups to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of the contemporary practitioners of terrorism and politically motivated violence.

At the completion of this unit students will have an overall understanding from a historical perspective of the development of terrorism. Students will also:

  1. demonstrate a higher level understanding of the concept of terrorism and politically motivated violence
  2. examine and explore critical texts, concepts and theories relating to the field of terrorism and politically motivated violence
  3. investigate a substantial body of contemporary terrorism and politically motivated violence literature
  4. formulate sustained and persuasive written and oral arguments
  5. model research skills, particularly the ability to select appropriately and integrate knowledge from diverse sources to evaluate its significance and relevance, systhesise material and present findings, rationally and lucidly
  6. demonstrate higher level skills in critical analysis.
  • Participation — Active Participation (20%)
  • Research Essay — (3000 words) (50%)
  • Review — Critical Review (2000 words) (30%)

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:

  • PIC820 — Terrorism Issues
  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient

This unit addresses the following topics.

1History of terrorism and politically motivated violence to 1968
2History of terrorism and politically motivated violence since 1968
3Post 9/11 and the Global War on Terror- how are al-Qaeda and its affiliates coping?
4The rise of Islamic State - from al-Qaeda affiliate to autonomous threat
5Regional trends in terrorism and politically motivated violence
6Terrorist modus operandi, what next?
7Religious extremism; Cyberterrorism, the overstated threat?
8Terrorism against Australians: an examination of the threat.
9Prospects for macroterrorism: what should we fear most?
10Future trends in terrorism

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective 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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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