Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will:

  1. develop a critical understanding of and ability to discuss the nature of security, terrorism and counter-terrorism
  2. develop an understanding of, and the ability to discuss the theoretical frameworks that best explain security and terrorism and to what extent these frameworks can explain Australia's approach to transnational terrorism
  3. understand the history of terrorism and identify any discernible patterns in counter-terrorism strategies
  4. identify the central issues confronting security agencies and decision-makers in the face of terrorism and what options are available.
  • Topics

    • Introduction
    • The nature of international society
    • Security in international society
    • Risk in international society
    • Terrorism in international society
    • Emergence of insurgency
    • Counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency
    • Terrorism and religious intolerance;
    • Terrorism and democracy;
    • Terrorism and the media
    • The UN and counter-terrorism
    • Australia and counter-terrorism
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Web links
    • Online Materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Printable format materials

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:

  • MUR-PTR100


It is recommended that students complete a foundation subject before starting this subject.

Special requirements

This subject was previously known as PTR100 Perspectives on Security and Terrorism.

This subject introduces the concepts of security, risk, terrorism and counterterrorism and examines how various agents in international society perceive and employ them. It explains how and why terrorism undermines security and what measures are often taken to counter it. The subject also analyses the relationships between terrorism and religion, the media, democracy and international law. It finally examines the way Australia has responded to terrorist threats since the attacks on the US in September 2001.

  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (40%)

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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Related Degrees

undergraduate MUR-ART-DEG-2018

Bachelor of Arts

  • Major in Community Development
  • Major in International Aid and Development
  • Major in Security, Terrorism and Counter-terrorism
  • Major in Sustainable Development