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Degree structure

Degree details

Higher Education via OUA

2 OUA Undergraduate units at pass level OR equivalent.

Higher Education

Transferring from another course or university

If you have successfully completed university studies equivalent to at least 2 units (6 Murdoch credit points) you can apply to transfer to Murdoch University using your previous studies. To be eligible for the course, you need to have passed units to a high standard and may be required to provide a personal statement upon application.

Secondary Education

School leavers gain an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) from four course subjects completed during Year 12, or OP (Overall Positions) in Queensland.

To apply to Murdoch University after Year 12, you must achieve English competency and have achieved your WA Certificate of Education (WACE) or its interstate equivalent along with the ATAR (or OP) relevant for your chosen course.

An ATAR of 70.00 or higher (or a Queensland Overall Position of 14 or less) is required for admission to a Commonwealth Support Place in this course.

VET Studies

If you have successfully completed a Certificate IV or higher you can apply for admission into a Commonwealth Support Place.

Work and Life

  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
    • STAT is a national test for mature age people designed to assess aptitude for learning in a tertiary environment. It is not a test of your knowledge on specific academic subjects. It is recognised in all Australian states. You must achieve a minimum of 140 in the Written English and 135 in the Qualitative or Multiple Choice sections of the STAT to gain entry to Murdoch.
  • Completed secondary education more than two years ago
  • Enabling Programs
    • Murdoch Institute of Technology - http://www.murdochinstitute.wa.edu.au/
    • STAT preparation course - Applicant needs to sit the STAT after the course is completed.
    • Murdoch University OnTrack / OnTrack Sprint / FlexiTrack - If you have successfully completed Murdoch University's OnTrack or Flexitrack program you can apply for admission into a Commonwealth Support Place. Details are available at http://www.murdoch.edu.au/OnTrack/

Additional information

English Proficiency Requirements

To demonstrate English language competency you will need a scaled mark of at least 50 in  ATAR English, Literature or English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD).

Please Note: New students who wish to complete this degree should go to Murdoch's Bachelor of Arts degree page.

This Security, Terrorism and Counter-terrorism degree was the first of its kind in Australia and is designed to provide you with an understanding of global security and terrorism concerns.

The Security, Terrorism and Counter-terrorism degree seeks to assess historical and contemporary issues of security and terrorism and questions the understanding and responses to these occurrences.
Putting this in a contemporary setting allows us the opportunity and skills to question security and terrorism in today's world so that we can seek to address these issues and learn how to solve these complex questions.

KNOWLEDGE

Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts majoring in Security Terrorism and Counterterrorism  Studies demonstrate a broad, critical and coherent understanding of:

  • the nature of security, terrorism and counterterrorism both theoretically and empirically;
  • the theoretical perspectives, basic conceptsand methods of enquiry of security studies and international relations;
  • the language of security studies and international relations, including the ability to use standard terminology appropriately;
  • the key security issues in the Asia Pacific region; comparative regional perspectives; and the foreign policy orientation of significant actors including the US, China and Australia.

 SKILLS

Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts majoring in Security Terrorism and Counterterrorism  Studies are effective communicators who demonstrate:

  • the ability to think reflectively and critically about a range of issues in security studies, and  terrorism and counterterrorism studies;
  • the ability to present a clear and coherent exposition of evidence, analysis, evaluation, ideas and argument both in writing and orally, individually and/or in collaborative contexts.
  • The capacity for oral communication appropriate to a range of audiences.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts majoring in Security Terrorism and Counterterrorism  Studies gather, synthesise and critically evaluate ideas and information from a range of sources demonstrating:

  • analytical, critical, creative and conceptual thinking
  • the capacity to understand and apply methods for research and practice appropriate to a range of contemporary domestic and international political issues and conflicts.

APPLICATION

Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts majoring in Security Terrorism and Counterterrorism  Studies demonstrate confidence and competence in applying knowledge and skills to practice through:

  • a capacity for self-directed independent enquiry
  • critical self-reflection
  • creative problem solving
  • a global perspective incorporating an appreciation of cultural and disciplinary differences.

Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts majoring in Security Terrorism and Counterterrorism  Studies have well developed interpersonal and collaborative skills including the demonstrated capacity to:

  • give and receive critical feedback
  • work effectively within team environments
  • respect the thoughts and opinions of others.

Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts majoring in Security Terrorism and Counterterrorism  Studies demonstrate ethical thinking and practice through social and creative enquiry which recognises diversity and the rights and perspectives of others.

Today's world has seen the growth of the industry of security, within both Governments and the public and private sectors.
Increasingly, global businesses require staff who understand the complexity of security and terrorism, who can address a country, state or business's counter-terrorism needs both effectively and with a high level of sensitivity.

You may choose to pursue employment in a range of Government agencies, such as

  • Australian Federal Police, 
  • ASIO and ASIS,
  • AUSAid,
  • Departments of Foreign Affairs and Trade,
  • Defence,
  • Department of Immigration and Border Protection,
  • the Attorney-General's Office and so on. 

There is also a demand for knowledgeable graduates across the private sector, with companies whose interests focus globally, particularly in areas where security and terrorism has been a recent and volatile issue.

Students may be eligible for credit for previous studies.
When applying for credit, students will need to provide documentation, including original transcripts of academic records or certified copies, subject outlines and an explanation of the grading system.

This must be sent to the Open Universities Support Office at Murdoch University. Please note that credit cannot be gained for subjects completed more than 10 years ago.

To obtain an Application for Advanced Standing Form, please download it from this website:

http://our.murdoch.edu.au/OUA/Forms/

Note: Students must be enrolled in a Murdoch subject before any Advanced Standing application will be assessed.

Changes to Bachelor of Arts courses at Murdoch University in 2017

The Bachelor of Arts (Security, Terrorism and Counter-terrorism) has undergone a major change in 2017. The following units have been retired and replaced by new units.

  • POL224 International Relations Theory and Practice is replaced by POL232 Military Force and Counterterrorism
  • POL344 Australian Foreign & Security Policy is replaced by POL335 Policing, Intelligence and Counterterrorism
  • POL312 Regional Rivals: China and its Neighbours is replaced by POL334 Middle East Politics and Security

The discontinued units will still be credited as before, or students can take the new units that have replaced them.

If you have any queries about any of these changes, you can ask a question in Murdoch’s ‘MyAnswers’, providing your student number and identifying your course (or intended course).

You may also directly contact the Academic Chair of the course in which you wish to graduate.

Academic Chair: Dr Rajat Ganguly  - R.Ganguly@murdoch.edu.au / Tel: +61 8 93606232

For more transition arrangement information, please go to this Murdoch website:

http://our.murdoch.edu.au/OUA/

Recommended Study Pattern

To get the most from this degree, students are recommended to follow these steps:

LEVEL 1 (total of 24 points)

  • Complete the Transition and Breadth subjects - BAR100 and BAR150 (6 points)
  • Complete three Part I core subjects (9 points)
  • Complete three Level 1 General Electives from any OUA subject (9 points)

LEVEL 2 (total of 24 points)

  • Complete the Research Skills subject - BAR200 (3 points)
  • Complete one Breadth Subject from the list (3 points)
  • Complete two Part II (Level 2) core subjects (6 points)
  • Complete one Part II (Level 2) specified elective unit (3 points)
  • Complete three Level 2 or 3 General Electives from any OUA subject (9 points)

LEVEL 3 (total of 24 points)

  • Complete the Research Skills subject - BAR300 (3 points)
  • Complete one Breadth Subject from the list ( 3 points)
  • Complete two Part II (Level 3) core subjects (6 points)
  • Complete one Part II (Level 3) specified elective subject (3 points)
  • Complete three Level 2 or 3 General Electives from any OUA subject (9 points)

Award Requirements

To qualify for the Bachelor of Arts (Security, Terrorism and Counter-terrorism) students must complete 72 credit points (24 subjects).

The Murdoch Degree Framework

(72 Points of Credit:  24 points at Part I, 48 points at Part II)

A Murdoch University degree is structured around four key elements:

  • transition to university,
  • research skills,
  • breadth of knowledge, and
  • depth of knowledge (the chosen Major).

Degree Structures
Murdoch’s degree structures combine all the required elements to make a student knowledgeable, experienced, confident and successful within a chosen career:
Each level of an undergraduate degree requires 24 credit points, the equivalent of a year of full-time study.  Taking a combined degree introduces additional credit point requirements to your qualification.
Transition to University
Each degree includes a transition subject, helping students develop the key academic skills to succeed in a chosen field. Students entering Murdoch with advanced standing will still be required to complete this subject or demonstrate achievement of the subject’s learning outcomes.
Research Skills
Second and third year subjects focus on the research skills relevant to the chosen degree.  Research, communication and problem solving abilities are highly valued by employers, so we aim to ‘future proof’ your education with skills for undertaking life-long learning.
These skills involve:

  • Identifying research
  • Using appropriate methodology to find, record and organise research data;
  • Critically evaluating and interpreting available information;
  • Managing the research process and organising information;
  • Communicating research findings with the appropriate language and context.

Breadth of Knowledge
Often, the best solutions appear when people apply knowledge in new ways or work with a team to bring different skills together. Breadth studies introduces students to knowledge outside a chosen discipline, teaching students to understand how others think and solve problems.

For detailed information go to this website: http://our.murdoch.edu.au/OUA/

Choose your subjects

Majors

Level 1

Core Units – 6 credit points
BAR100 Academic Learning Skills (Transition Unit)
BAR150 Ideas & Identity (Breadth Unit)

Core Units – 9 credit points
POL192 Perspectives on Security & Terrorism
POL161 Understanding International Politics
PHL131 Critical & Creative Thinking 

Level 2

Core Units – 6 credit points

BAR200 Developing Research Skills
Plus one of the following Murdoch University Breadth Units:

  • BRD202 Drugs in Society
  • BRD251 Wellbeing
  • BRD209 Creativity and Innovation
  • POL226 Sex and Gender Matters
  • AIS204 Indigenous Australia and the Nation
  • ENV245 Global and Regional Sustainability
  • ASN288 Women in Asian Societies
  • PHL209 Metaphors of Mind
  • REL101 World Religions

You may complete more than one level Breadth unit (as general electives)

Core Units – 6 credit points
POL234 Terrorism in a Globalised World
POL236 US Policies & Global Security 

Level 3

Core Units – 6 credit points
BAR300 Bachelor of Arts Research Skills
Plus one of the following Murdoch University Breadth Units not yet completed:

  • BRD202 Drugs in Society
  • BRD251 Wellbeing
  • BRD209 Creativity and Innovation
  • POL226 Sex and Gender Matters
  • AIS204 Indigenous Australia and the Nation
  • ENV245 Global and Regional Sustainability
  • ASN288 Women in Asian Societies
  • PHL209 Metaphors of Mind
  • REL101 World Religions

Core Units – 6 credit points
POL335 Policing, Intelligence and Counterterrorism
POL345 International Security Studies

Please Note: Units which appear in a major and the breadth unit list may only be counted towards the requirements of the major. 

Electives

Part I  (Level 1)
General Electives (9 credit points)

Select from any 100 level units offered by OUA, subject to individual unit prerequisites. 

Recommended General Elective
PICX111: Security in an Age of Risk 

Part II (Level 2)

Specified Electives (3 credit points)
Select from the following:
POL237 Politics & Security in South Asia
POL232 Military Force and Counterterrorism
POL219 Special Topic in GPP: From Al Qaeda to the Islamic State: Assessing Terror Threats in the Indo-Pacific Region

General Electives (9 credit points)
Select from any 200 or 300 level units offered by OUA, subject to individual unit prerequisites.

Recommended General Electives
PICX210 Homeland Security: Intelligence and Law Enforcement
PICX211 National Security: Policy and Coordination

In addition to one core Murdoch University Breadth Unit you are encouraged to complete additional Murdoch 200 level Breadth units as general electives.

Part II (Level 3)

Specified Electives (3 credit points)
Select from the following:
POL338 Politics & Security in South-East Asia: Terrorists, Gangsters & the State
POL334 Middle East Politics and Security
POL319 Special Topics in STCS: Counterterrorism Policies and Practices: Comparative Evidence from Asia

Recommended General Electives
PICX213 National Resilience: Crisis Response and Emergency Management
PICX311 From Hackers to Anonymous: Cyber Security in Practice

Students are recommended to Register with Murdoch University before starting their Part 2 subjects to receive enrolment advice.

A fee of $250 is payable on registration.

To obtain an Application for Registration Form, please download the form from this website:

http://our.murdoch.edu.au/OUA/Forms/