Military Force and Counterterrorism
Investigate how the military responds to terrorist threats and has become a counterterrorism tool. Examine the counterinsurgency role of the Australian military since 9/11, along with peacekeeping and nation building operations
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On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the role of military force in International Society.
- Analyse the changing nature of war and application of military force.
- Evaluate the role of military force in various theatres, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Somalia.
- Evaluate the role of the military in nation-building and development.
- Critically analyse the role of information & intelligence in countering terrorist threats.
- Explore the ethical dilemmas, which surround the application of deadly force when it comes to countering terrorism or in an insurgency based conflict.
- Communicate clearly and coherently both orally and in writing.
- Military force in International Society
- Military strategy as public policy
- The changing nature of transnational terrorism
- Addressing traditional security threats
- Peacekeeping, nation building and development
- Countering terrorism.
- Countering insurgencies
- Military force and ISIS
- Military force in Afghanistan
- Military force and Al-Shabaab (Somalia)
- The Revolution in Military Affairs and Australia
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Previously the professional military has played three principal roles. It has protected states, waged wars in pursuit of national interests, and helped maintain international order. Recently, major inter-state wars have disappeared, but unconventional conflicts, insurgencies, and terrorism have increased. This subject focuses on how the military responds to the changing global security situation, with a primary focus on terrorist threats. It examines how the military has become a counterterrorism tool at various levels: detection, prevention, and elimination of the threat.
Please Note: All students studying at Murdoch University will need to complete the compulsory unit, Murdoch Academic Passport (MAP100), which only takes 2-3 hours to complete online. Find out more: http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/MurdochAcademicPassport.
- Timed Online Exam (40%)
- Written Assignment One (30%)
- Written Assignment Two (30%)