Military Force and Counterterrorism - 2018

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP3 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Essay 1 - Written Assignment One (20%) , Essay 2 - Written Assignment Two (40%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 820.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,070.00

For many years, the professional military, as an institution that legitimately uses violence, has played at least three roles. It has protected states, waged wars in pursuit of the national interest, and helped maintain international order. In the recent past, major inter-state wars have disappeared, but unconventional conflicts, insurgencies, and terrorism have increased. This unit focuses on how the military responds to terrorist threats. It examines how Australia’s national interests interact and how the military has become a counterterrorism tool.

By the end of this unit the student should have a greater understanding of:

  1. the Global terror threats and their relationship to Australia’s national and international interests
  2. the way in which the Australian Military has been structured and deployed to combat conventional threats
  3. the experience and changes in the Australian Military’s training, procurement and task execution since the beginning of the 21st century
  4. how Counterterrorism & Counterinsurgency doctrines in the Australian Military and other Government Agencies have been modified to address the current threats
  5. the Role of Information & Intelligence in countering external terror threats, and how media publicity is used by both sides of the equation to promote their position, to provide justifications and sway public opinion
  6. ethical dilemmas, which surround the application of deadly force when it comes to countering terrorism or in an insurgency based conflict
  7. options available for the protection of Australia’s international interests and citizens against the global terror threat
  8. the commercial use of private security & military companies to protect government, non-government and commercial entities against the increasing threats posed by global terrorism and insurgencies.
  • Essay 1 — Written Assignment One (20%)
  • Essay 2 — Written Assignment Two (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam — Written final exam (40%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 2 units normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 units or other relevant experience.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Module 1- Introduction: The Military in International Society
2Module 2- The Global Terrorist Threat
3Module 3- External Threats and the use of the Australia Military
4Module 4-Counterterrorism & Counterinsurgency doctrines in the Australian Military and other Government Agencies
5Module 5-Peacekeeping & nation building operations involving the Australian Military
6Module 6-Role of Information & Intelligence in countering external terror threats
7Module 7-¿The Use of the Australian Military in an Internal CT Response¿.
8Module 8-Global terrorism and the Australian Military Experience since 9/11
9Module 9-Doing more with less: Military Structure, Training & Procurement to counter the external terror threats
10Module 10- Commercial Entities, Terrorism and Australia¿s global interests
11Module 11-Commercial Security/Military Providers & Terrorism
12Module 12-Public understanding & Expectations of the use of Military Force: The ethical dilemma of using force to fight terrorism

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

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.
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