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Terrorism and Counterterrorism in the 21st Century

Undergraduate | MAQ-PICX2015 | 2024

Previously MAQ-PICX113

Explore the range of law enforcement and societal response options available to governments. Understand terrorism as a strategy and as a tactic, recruitment and group dynamics, narratives and the role of global media, and cyber terrorism.

Study method
100% online
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Enrol by
14 July 2024
Entry requirements
Prior study needed
13 weeks
Start dates
22 July 2024

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Terrorism and Counterterrorism in the 21st Century

About this subject

  • On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:

    1. Identify the relationship between violence, extremism and terrorism in the 21st century
    2. Identify the differences between political, religious, and ideological forms of terrorism and violent extremism, and how they have emerged over the past century.
    3. Critically evaluate how the concept of terrorism is used in security discourse in the 21st century.
    4. Explain and evaluate the range of hard and soft responses to terrorism and violent extremism available to liberal societies.
    5. Evaluate how states and societies can respond to terrorism and violent extremism in an effective, balanced and ethical manner.
    6. Demonstrate a critical understanding of processes of radicalisation to violent extremism and how these relate to new media technologies and the internet.
    7. Demonstrate critical analysis skills through the completion of assessable research tasks.

Entry requirements

Prior study

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

one of

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-PICX113 (Not currently available)


50cp at 1000 level or above
NCCW (pre-2020 units)
PICT113, PICX113

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 Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.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

Find out more information on Commonwealth Loans to understand what this means to your eligibility for financial support.

What to study next?

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

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Bachelor of Security Studies

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Bachelor of Arts

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