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The Challenge of Modern Terrorism (11245.1)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society


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Terrorism challenges individuals, the national state, and the global community. On a daily basis people fall victim to terrorist attacks, and our sense of well-being, security, and freedom are challenged. Terrorism is lethal, unpredictable, and causes mass casualties. Terrorists bring fear into our lives and are attacking us both physically and psychologically. Some argue that terrorism is a challenge to the existence of the modern state and it is part of a new global insurgency. This unit will attempt to define terrorism, review the history of terrorism and evaluate the philosophy, and objectives of terrorists. The actual threat from terrorism will be assessed as will the means of countering the threat from modern terrorism. The unit will conclude with an examination of the likely trajectory and threat of terrorism in the future.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Evaluate the changing nature of terrorism in a globalised security environment;

2. Analyse the different terrorist philosophies, motivational factors and objectives;

3. Compare the different terrorism organisational structures and assess their weaknesses and strengths;

4. Assess the development and effectiveness of modern counter-terrorism strategies;

5. Critically evaluate actual and potential responses to the challenge of terrorism in the future; and

6. Reflect upon their unit experience, including theories, discussions and feedback, and how it relates to the goals set out in their professional portfolio.

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Contact Hours

One 2 hour lecture and one 1 hour tutorial on-campus per week.


11238 Introduction to International Relations AND must have passed 24 credit points.



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