Terrorism in a Globalised World - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (25%) , Essay 2 (35%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit was previously known as PTR293 Terrorism in a Globalised World.

This unit critically examines our understandings of terrorism in a globalised world: its causes, characteristics  and history, as well as the politics of counter-terrorism policy and practices, including the 'War on Terror'.  Topics covered include the construction of 'terrorism',  terrorism in historical perspective, the causes and types of non-state and state terrorism, the political responses of  states and societies to terrorism, as well as the links between political violence and globalisation. It will also consider a number of case studies such as Australia and Indonesia, as well as examine debates around counter-terrorism, human rights and civil liberties.

On successful completion of the unit, you should have:

  1. broad knowledge about the history of terrorism and political violence in sub-national, national, and international politics
  2. critical understanding of the various theoretical perspectives, debates and challenges in the study of terrorism and counter-terrorism
  3. an understanding of the politics of terrorism and counterterrorism, together with its historical evolution
  4. understand the various theories regarding causative factors behind terrorism, and identify the social, economic and political conditions in which it has emerged
  5. hypothesise the implications of specific ways of thinking about terrorism for counterterrorism practices and policy.
  • Essay 1 (25%)
  • Essay 2 (35%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

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:

  • PTR293 — Terrorism in a Globalised World (Previously PTR300)

Students must have completed 18 credit points (6 OUA units) at Level 1 before enrolling in this unit.

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction: Conceptualising terrorism;
2Framing terrorism: the role of the media and experts;
3Terrorism in historical perspective;
4Types of terrorism;
5Causes of non-state terrorism
6State terrorism
7Globalisation and political violence
8Responses to terrorism;
9The War on Terror
10Threat responses: Australia and Indonesia
11Counterterrorism, democracy and human rights

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 part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation 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.
  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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