Terrorism in the 21st Century - 2018

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • 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 (10%) , Assignment 2 - Assessment 2 (20%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 809.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,059.00

This unit provides an introduction to terrorism and political violence in the twenty-first century. It explores the global origins and history of terrorism as a means of coercion, evaluates its effectiveness and examines key terrorist organisations and individuals in contemporary case studies. Students will gain an understanding of twenty-first century terrorism as a strategy and as a tactic, terrorist recruitment and group dynamics, the role of global media, cyber terrorism, and terrorist narratives. Special attention will be focussed on the sources of successful and ethical counter-terrorism strategies; understanding mechanisms of radicalisation to and from violent extremism, evaluating proportionate state response to terror threats and exploring global relationships between counter terrorism, policing and intelligence. This unit, together with PICX110, PICX111 and PICX112, provides a systematic introduction to the field of security studies.   

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

  1. Identify the main types of terrorist events that impact modern society
  2.  Identify the principal actors who pose a terrorist security threat to states both now and over the past century
  3. Critically evaluate how the concept of terrorism is used in security discourse in the 21st century
  4. Explain the range of strategic and tactical response counter terrorism options available to governments
  5. Evaluate how states can respond to terrorist events in an effective, balanced and ethical manner
  6. Demonstrate the ability to produce well structured essays examining key critical debates in terrorism studies
  • Assignment 1 — Assessment 1 (10%)
  • Assignment 2 — Assessment 2 (20%)
  • Assignment 3 — Assessment 3 (40%)
  • Assignment 4 — Assessment 4 (30%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Terrorism and political violence
3Terrorist recruitment and group dynamics
4Global media
5Cyber and terrorist narrative
7Radicalisation and deradicalisation
8State responses to terror threats
9Policing and intelligence

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

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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.
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