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Subject details

Upon completion of this subject, students will have knowledge of the following questions:

  1. What is radicalisation?
  2. How and where are individuals and groups radicalised?
  3. How do radicalised individuals/groups plot and carry out terrorist attacks?
  4. What is intelligence and what forms does it take?
  5. From where and how does police gather intelligence regarding radicalisation?
  6. How is this ‘raw’ intelligence analysed and operationalized by the police?
  7. What pre-emptive techniques does the police use to prevent terrorist attacks?
  8. How does the police de-radicalise individual and groups who have been radicalised?
    • Terrorism as an existential threat to Western democracies
    • The problem of radicalisation
    • The process of radicalisation
    • From radicalisation to planning and executing a terrorist attack
    • The role of intelligence in counterterrorism
    • Forms and sources of intelligence in counterterrorism
    • The analysis and operationalization of intelligence in counterterrorism
    • Pre-emptive counterterrorism policing techniques
    • The ethics of intelligence and pre-emptive counterterrorism policing
    • De-radicalisation and its challenges
    • Community policing
    • Key takeaways from this unit
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment
      • Audio-Video streaming

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

The exponential growth of terrorist cells, particularly in Western democracies, has brought to light the pressing problem of radicalisation and its operational effects in the form of terrorist planning and attacks. A key element in fighting this threat is reliable intelligence, which could be used by police to prevent terrorist attacks from taking place. This subject will focus on the problem of radicalisation and explore how intelligence and pre-emptive policing could be used to deal effectively with this problem.

  • Essay 1 (30%)
  • Essay 2 (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)

Textbooks are not required.

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