Terrorism Dynamics - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2017: Sem2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Assessment 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 - Assessment 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,214.00
International 3,464.00

This unit was previously known as Terrorist Support Networks and Operations.

This unit explores the social construction of terrorism and violent extremism through a consideration of supporting dynamics including ideology, forms of communication, financing, criminal networks, and logistics.  Contemporary and evolving case studies will provide students with the opportunity to explore the consequences of these dynamics on the development, evolution and dissolution of terrorist organisations and violent extremists. Consideration of how these dynamics relate to counterterrorism operations will also be made. The unit compliments and builds upon both PICX802: Terrorism, and PICX818: Counterterrorism.

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

  1. identify, examine and analyse texts, concepts and theories relating to the social construction of terrorism and violent extremism
  2. identify, investigate and evaluate the dynamics that impact on the development, evolution and dissolution of terrorism and violent extremism
  3. critique contemporary literature relating to concepts of terrorism and violent extremism
  4. formulate sustained and persuasive written and oral arguments demonstrating the ability to select appropriate sources, integrate knowledge, evaluate its relevance and present findings rationally and lucidly
  5. demonstrate higher-level skills in critical analysis.
  • Assignment 1 — Assessment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Assessment 2 (30%)
  • Assignment 3 — Assessment 3 (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

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
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

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  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.
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