Policing, Intelligence and Counterterrorism - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (30%) , Essay 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

The exponential growth of terrorist cells, particularly in Western democracies, has brought to light the pressing problem of radicalisation and its operational effects in the form of terrorist planning and attacks. A key element in fighting this threat is reliable intelligence, which could be used by police to prevent terrorist attacks from taking place. This unit will focus on the problem of radicalisation and explore how intelligence and pre-emptive policing could be used to deal effectively with this problem.

Upon completion of this unit, students will have knowledge of the following questions:

  1. What is radicalisation?
  2. How and where are individuals and groups radicalised?
  3. How do radicalised individuals/groups plot and carry out terrorist attacks?
  4. What is intelligence and what forms does it take?
  5. From where and how does police gather intelligence regarding radicalisation?
  6. How is this ‘raw’ intelligence analysed and operationalized by the police?
  7. What pre-emptive techniques does the police use to prevent terrorist attacks?
  8. How does the police de-radicalise individual and groups who have been radicalised?
  • Essay 1 (30%)
  • Essay 2 (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 3 units normally assume a moderate level of prior knowledge in this area, eg from studying related Level 1 and 2 units or other relevant experience.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Terrorism as an existential threat to Western democracies
2The problem of radicalisation
3The process of radicalisation
4From radicalisation to planning and executing a terrorist attack
5The role of intelligence in counterterrorism
6Forms and sources of intelligence in counterterrorism
7The analysis and operationalization of intelligence in counterterrorism
8Pre-emptive counterterrorism policing techniques
9The ethics of intelligence and pre-emptive counterterrorism policing
10De-radicalisation and its challenges
11Community policing
12Key takeaways from this unit

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

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  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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