Strategies of Political Violence - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (30%) , Assignment 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

Political violence is a key security challenge in the twenty first century. This unit examines the strategies of coercion which underpin the use of political violence. It uses key concepts from strategic, diplomacy and negotiation studies to explore the logic and intentions of violent political actors. It then examines the effects, both intended and unintended, of political violence. The unit uses examples from campaigns of political violence perpetrated by states and other actors and evaluates the responses of targets to strategies of violent coercion. The unit uses a range of Western and non-Western perspectives to explore the complexity of contemporary terrorism and political violence.

Upon fulfilling the requirements of this unit, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. explain key concepts of strategy, negotiation, terrorism and political coercion
  2. interpret complex data on security incidents and formulate relevant policy recommendations
  3. critically assess utility and performance of various strategies of coercion employed by non-state actors against states
  4. critically appraise counter terrorism policies and practices of Australia and allied countries
  5. develop and deliver concise policy recommendations for counter terrorism policy in response to coercive strategies.
  • Assignment 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 (30%)
  • Assignment 3 (30%)
  • Assignment 4 (10%)

You should have completed 100 and 200 level units before enrolling in this 300 level unit.

  • 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.

1Political violence and strategies of coercion
2Key concepts of strategic, diplomacy and negotiation studies
3The effects of political violence
4The responses of targets to strategies of violent coercion
5The complexity of terrorism and political violence

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

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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