Subject details

On successful completion of the subject, you should have:

  1. broad knowledge about the history of terrorism and political violence in sub-national, national, and international politics
  2. critical understanding of the various theoretical perspectives, debates and challenges in the study of terrorism and counter-terrorism
  3. an understanding of the politics of terrorism and counterterrorism, together with its historical evolution
  4. understand the various theories regarding causative factors behind terrorism, and identify the social, economic and political conditions in which it has emerged
  5. hypothesise the implications of specific ways of thinking about terrorism for counterterrorism practices and policy.
    • Introduction: Conceptualising terrorism;
    • Framing terrorism: the role of the media and experts;
    • Terrorism in historical perspective;
    • Types of terrorism;
    • Causes of non-state terrorism
    • State terrorism
    • Globalisation and political violence
    • Responses to terrorism;
    • The War on Terror
    • Threat responses: Australia and Indonesia
    • Counterterrorism, democracy and human rights
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

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

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

Equivalent subjects

You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MUR-PTR293
  • MUR-PTR300


Students must have completed 18 credit points (6 OUA subjects) at Level 1 before enrolling in this subject.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as PTR293 Terrorism in a Globalised World.

Since the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 the spectre of terrorism and resultant ‘War on Terror’ have come to dominate and in many respects reshape national and international politics. The aim of this subject is to provide a critical understanding of terrorism and counter-terrorism politics and policy within the context of a globalised world. Drawing upon both contemporary and historical case studies, the subject considers the complex interrelationships between forces of globalisation, political interest, ideology and violence.

  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Essay 1 (25%)
  • Essay 2 (35%)

Textbook information is pending.

Textbook information is pending.

Related degrees

undergraduate MUR-STC-DEG-2019

Bachelor of Arts Security Terrorism and Counter-terrorism

  • Part I (Level 1) Core units - Major
  • PART II (Level 3) Core units - Major
  • PART II (Level 2) Core units - Major

undergraduate MUR-ART-DEG-2019

Bachelor of Arts

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