Terrorism - 2017

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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 2017: Sem1
  • Availability for 2018: Sem1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Assessment 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 - Assessment 2 (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,214.00
International 3,464.00

This unit was previously known as PICX802 Terrorism Issues.

Few security issues define our times more than that of terrorism. This unit provides a solid foundation for terrorism studies, encouraging students to build a thorough understanding of the definitions, origins, and history of terrorism around the world, and considering terrorism as a tactic, as a strategy, and as a mode of communication. Students will explore the wider effects that terrorist discourse plays in contemporary global society, including debates around local, regional and global responses, terrorist overreach, and state overreaction. The unit will also critically examine a series of key themes and questions in terrorism studies such as religion and terrorism, state sponsored terrorism, the future of terrorism, and how academics can best conduct terrorism field research.

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.
  • Assignment 1 — Assessment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Assessment 2 (20%)
  • Assignment 3 — Assessment 3 (50%)
  • Assignment 4 — Assessment 4 (10%)

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

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

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