Consider the supporting dynamics of terrorism including ideology, communication channels, financing, criminal networks and logistics. Analyse texts, concepts and theories relating to the social construction of terrorism and violent extremism.
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27 Jul 2020
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
identify, examine and analyse texts, concepts and theories relating to the social construction of terrorism and violent extremism
identify, investigate and evaluate the dynamics that impact on the development, evolution and dissolution of terrorism and violent extremism
critique contemporary literature relating to concepts of terrorism and violent extremism
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
demonstrate higher-level skills in critical analysis.
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.
Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
This subject was formerly known as PICX837 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.