Subject details

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

  1. demonstrate a higher level understanding of  critical comprehension regarding the concepts of counter terrorism and countering violent extremism.
  2. Display engagement with the theoretical and practical paradigms that shape counter terrorism through the examination and exploration of contemporary global and Australian specific policies, programs, and initiatives.
  3.  Investigate a substantial body of contemporary counter terrorism and countering violent extremism literature.
  4. demonstrate higher order communication skills including the ability to present sustained and persuasive arguments cogently and coherently
  5. Model research skills, particularly the ability to select appropriate knowledge and evidence from diverse sources in order to effectively evaluate its significance and relevance; formulate sustained and persuasive written and oral arguments.
  6. demonstrate higher level skills in critical analysis.
  7. Students will have an advanced understanding of Australia’s counter terrorism policy environment, including the different bureaucratic cultures and politics between the Attorney Generals Department, ASIO, ASIS, DIO, Federal and State Police.
  • 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
    • Online Materials

      • Resources and Links

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-PIC881

You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject will examine the structure and components of global counter-terrorism policies and initiatives. It will explore the relationships between foreign policy, international relations, and community dynamics exposing students to the complexity involved in delivering and evaluating effective solutions to the dynamic security threats posed by violent extremism. It will consider the complex and inter-connected roles played by organisations at a global, national and local level including the Subjected Nations, Attorney General’s Department, Office of Premier and Cabinet, Multicultural NSW and a range of NGOs. Contemporary literature drawn from terrorism studies and real-world case-studies will expose students to important theoretical arguments relating to radicalisation, deradicalisation, and desistance and how these impact on the delivery of effective counterterrorism strategies.   

  • 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.

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