Strategies of Political Violence - 2017

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 2017: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Assessment 1 (25%) , Assignment 2 - Assessment 2 (25%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

One of the most pervasive contemporary security challenges is the threats to the state and its population from political violence emerging from within state borders. Internal sources of armed conflict—such as communal violence, subversion and insurgency—have significant implications for national, regional and global security, and are increasingly acknowledged to be the most important foreign policy challenges and threats in the world today. This unit examines the strategies which underpin the use of political violence by state and non-state actors, including coercion, co-optation, undercutting and concession. It will use a range of international case studies to examine the causal factors behind the campaigns of political violence perpetrated by states and non-state actors and the responses of targets. The unit complements PICX110 which looks at the dynamics of coercion, PICX111 that addresses non-traditional security challenges, and PICX113 understanding terrorism in the twenty-first century.

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 — Assessment 1 (25%)
  • Assignment 2 — Assessment 2 (25%)
  • Assignment 3 — Assessment 3 (50%)

You should have completed 12 units including 6 PICX units.

A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this unit will be provided in your study materials.

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