Terrorism in a Globalised World - 2017

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 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (25%) , Essay 2 (35%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

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

Since the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 the spectre of terrorism and resultant ‘War on Terror’ have come to dominate and in many respects reshape national and international politics. The aim of this unit is to provide a critical understanding of terrorism and counter-terrorism politics and policy within the context of a globalised world. Drawing upon both contemporary and historical case studies, the unit considers the complex interrelationships between forces of globalisation, political interest, ideology and violence.

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.

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

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