Subject details

  • Topics
    • Module 1- Introduction: The Military in International Society
    • Module 2- The Global Terrorist Threat
    • Module 3- External Threats and the use of the Australia Military
    • Module 4-Counterterrorism & Counterinsurgency doctrines in the Australian Military and other Government Agencies
    • Module 5-Peacekeeping & nation building operations involving the Australian Military
    • Module 6-Role of Information & Intelligence in countering external terror threats
    • Module 7-¿The Use of the Australian Military in an Internal CT Response¿.
    • Module 8-Global terrorism and the Australian Military Experience since 9/11
    • Module 9-Doing more with less: Military Structure, Training & Procurement to counter the external terror threats
    • Module 10- Commercial Entities, Terrorism and Australia¿s global interests
    • Module 11-Commercial Security/Military Providers & Terrorism
    • Module 12-Public understanding & Expectations of the use of Military Force: The ethical dilemma of using force to fight terrorism
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
    • Online Materials
      • Online Assessment
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Resources and Links

By the end of this subject the student should have a greater understanding of:

  1. the Global terror threats and their relationship to Australia’s national and international interests
  2. the way in which the Australian Military has been structured and deployed to combat conventional threats
  3. the experience and changes in the Australian Military’s training, procurement and task execution since the beginning of the 21st century
  4. how Counterterrorism & Counterinsurgency doctrines in the Australian Military and other Government Agencies have been modified to address the current threats
  5. the Role of Information & Intelligence in countering external terror threats, and how media publicity is used by both sides of the equation to promote their position, to provide justifications and sway public opinion
  6. ethical dilemmas, which surround the application of deadly force when it comes to countering terrorism or in an insurgency based conflict
  7. options available for the protection of Australia’s international interests and citizens against the global terror threat
  8. the commercial use of private security & military companies to protect government, non-government and commercial entities against the increasing threats posed by global terrorism and insurgencies.
  • Assignment 1 - Written Assignment Two (40%)
  • Assignment 2 - Written final invigilated exam (40%)
  • Assignment 3 - Written Assignment One (20%)

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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Special requirements

No special requirements

For many years, the professional military, as an institution that legitimately uses violence, has played at least three roles. It has protected states, waged wars in pursuit of the national interest, and helped maintain international order. In the recent past, major inter-state wars have disappeared, but unconventional conflicts, insurgencies, and terrorism have increased. This subject focuses on how the military responds to terrorist threats. It examines how Australia’s national interests interact and how the military has become a counterterrorism tool.

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