Subject details

After successfully completing this subject you should be able to:

  1. Understand the scope of counter-terrorism law in Australia and how these laws have been used to respond to the threat of terrorism
  2. Demonstrate knowledge about the elements of criminal offences for terrorism
  3. Understand the role, functions and powers of police and intelligence agencies when responding to terrorist threats
  4. Apply theories of prevention, due process, justice and human rights to counter-terrorism laws
  5. Understand and critically analyse the process by which Australia's counter-terrorism laws were enacted by the Commonwealth Parliament
  6. Critically analyse the impact of Australia's counter-terrorism laws on human rights and accountability
  7. Critically analyse the impact of Australia's counter-terrorism laws on due process and other key principles underlying the criminal justice system
  8. Understand and critically analyse the preventative elements of counter-terrorism and counter-radicalisation mechanisms.
    • The Current Threat
    • Defining Terrorism
    • Theories of Prevention
    • Terrorist Organisations
    • Control Orders
    • Policing Terrorism
    • Legal Responses to Foreign Fighters
    • The Criminal Trial
    • Intelligence Agencies
    • Understanding Radicalisation
    • Countering Radicalisation
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
    • Online materials

      • Online Assessment
      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials

Others

It is assumed that students have a working knowledge of the Australian legal system. This is provided by the core first-year courses CCJ12 Police, Courts & Criminal Law and CCJ13 Law, Government & Justice.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject explains the laws introduced by the Australian government in response to terrorism, from those enacted in response to the 9/11 attacks to those recently passed in response to Islamic State. It focuses on theories of prevention, the impact of these laws on Australia's criminal justice system, and questions of accountability and human rights. The course also considers policy strategies for countering radicalisation and violent extremism.

In response to the threat of Islamic State, the Australian Government enacted many new counter-terrorism laws. These laws supplemented an already extensive legal framework which had been developed in response to 9/11 and subsequent terrorist attacks (including those in Bali, Madrid, and London). Australia's counter-terrorism laws have created many new criminal offences and dramatically expanded the investigative and surveillance powers of police and intelligence agencies.

This subject critically analyses the major areas of counter-terrorism law in Australia. It focuses on theories of prevention and the impact of these laws on Australia's criminal justice question, as well as questions of accountability and human rights. Criminal offences discussed in the course include those for advocating terrorism and preparing terrorist acts. Students will also learn about the expansive preventive powers of Australia's police and intelligence agencies. Finally, the course addresses policy strategies for countering radicalisation and violent extremism.

  • Online Quizzes (20%)
  • Short-Answer Assignment (40%)
  • Final Invigilated Exam (40%)

Textbook information is pending.

Textbook information is pending.

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