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Postgraduate | MAQ-PICX8037 | 2024

Choosing Terror: Pathways into Terrorism

Previously MAQ-PICX837

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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.

Study method
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Start dates
22 July 2024,
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Entry requirements
Prior study needed
18 weeks

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Choosing Terror: Pathways into Terrorism

About this subject

  • On successful completion of this subject, you 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.

Entry requirements

Equivalent subjects

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

  • MAQ-PICX837 (Not currently available)


NCCW (pre-2020 units) PICT837, PICX837
Pre-requisite Admission to MPICT or MCPICT or GradDipPICT or GradDipCPICT or PGCertPICT or GradCertPICT or GradCertCPICT or MPICTMIntSecSt or MCPICTMIntSecSt or MIntSecStud or GradDipIntSecStud or MCTerrorism or MCyberSec or MSecStrategicStudMCTerrorism or MIntellMCTerrorism or MCyberSecMCTerrorism or MCTerrorismMCrim or admission to BSecStudMCTerrorism

Additional requirements

  • Other requirements - 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 Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL

This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

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What to study next?

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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Master of Counter Terrorism

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