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Subject details

  • Topics
    • A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. identify, examine and analyse texts, concepts and theories relating to the social construction of terrorism and violent extremism
  2. identify, investigate and evaluate the dynamics that impact on the development, evolution and dissolution of terrorism and violent extremism
  3. critique contemporary literature relating to concepts of terrorism and violent extremism
  4. formulate sustained and persuasive written and oral arguments demonstrating the ability to select appropriate sources, integrate knowledge, evaluate its relevance and present findings rationally and lucidly
  5. demonstrate higher-level skills in critical analysis.
  6. Students will be able use counter terrorism tools, including network analysis, as a means of identifying issues, challenges, and opportunities in small and large data sets.
  • Assignment 1 - Assessment 1 (10%)
  • Assignment 2 - Assessment 2 (40%)
  • Assignment 3 - Assessment 3 (50%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAQ-PIC873

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as Terrorism Dynamics

This subject examines the complex webs of networks and relationships involved in the development and evolution of violent extremism. These dynamics will be examined through a socio-cultural theoretical framework that draws upon contemporary terrorist scholarship including social media analysis and facilitates a critical examination of violent extremism. The subject will expose students to the complex web of socio-cultural, psychological, ideological, political and economic dynamics that produce, sustain, evolve and dissolve terrorism and violent extremism. Real world case-studies drawing on violent extremist activities, counter policies and initiatives will assist students in the formulation of sustained and persuasive arguments and techniques relating to current and future trends and patterns in the field of terrorist studies.  The subject will establish a strong grounding in the theoretical constructs and techniques for a future career in the broader security discipline.

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