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Subject details

  • Topics
    • 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
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
    • Online Materials
      • Online Assessment
      • Resources and Links
      • Audio-Video streaming

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.
  • Assignment 1 - Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Assignment 2 - Essay 1 (25%)
  • Assignment 3 - Essay 2 (35%)

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

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-PTR293
  • MUR-PTR300

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.

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