Terrorist Support Networks and Operations - 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 2
  • Assessment: Assignment - Essential Issue Briefs (20%) , Essay 1 - Introductory Essay (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 3,120.00
International 3,370.00

This Unit will expose students to the diverse ways networks shape terrorist and criminal organisations and groups. It discusses the numerous support structures that facilitate and augment strategic, operational and tactical positions by the groups / organisations under investigation. The unit will provide a theoretical grounding in network dynamics. Using real world examples students will gain a practical understanding of the complexities such dynamics have on terrorist groups and organisations.

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

  1. identify and explain the range of supporting activiites relevant to sustaining terrorist groups.
  2. analyse the support required by terrorist and criminal groups to sustain operational level activities.
  3. critique contemporary literature relating to terrorist and criminal support networks and organisations.
  4. evaluate selected case studies relating to terrorist and criminal support networks and operations in order to synthesise hypothesis relating to general trends and patterns
  5. formulate sustained and persuasive written arguments through research and analysis of critical texts, concepts and theories in relation to contemporary terrorist and criminal support networks and relevant operational issues.
  • Assignment — Essential Issue Briefs (20%)
  • Essay 1 — Introductory Essay (30%)
  • Essay 2 — Extended Essay (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
  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient
  • Other special requirement — The preferred operating system for the network visualisation assignment is a PC environment.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Unit Introduction & Overview of Network
2Social network theory and network analysis software
3The Study of Networks - Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches
4Network Resilience
5Anti-social networks: Managing Deviance in Network society
6Supporting Structures: Ideology and Legitimacy
7Supporting Structures: Local, Domestic, International and Global
8Supporting Structures: Communication
9The Funding of Terrorist Organisations and their Operations
10Arming the Networks: Weapons, Logistics and Operations
11Illegal and Legal Hubs and Networks: A Case study of Southern China
12Mission support (multiple identity fraud and travel)
13Approaches to Network Dissolution; Conclusions & Lone Rangers

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Interactive Games
  • Online assignment submission

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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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