Handbook Public View

This page displays current curriculum information. For staff view, please login

Major (2017)

Information on this page, including unit offerings, is from the 2017 academic year.

Security, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies (BA)

  • B1316; B1316ABACHELOR OF ARTS

  • Course Outline
  • Course Structure
  • Fees
  • Course Plans
Title Security, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies (BA)
Course Code B1316; B1316A
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
School School of Business and Governance
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Dr Rajat Ganguly | Email: R.Ganguly@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 6232

Qualification Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Security, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Murdoch campus (external)
Description The Security, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies (STCS) major focuses attention on the biggest security challenge in the 21st century - terrorism - and how best to deal with this challenge. It imparts specialised knowledge about the meaning, historical evolution and the causes of contemporary terrorism. It merges this knowledge with broader issues of international relations, geopolitics, and national, international and human security. By accepting the notion that terrorism poses an existential threat to many states and societies (particularly to the liberal democratic western states and societies), the course tries to train students to think about counterterrorism as a multi pronged response within the law to minimise or eradicate this threat to national, international and human security.
In the Bachelor of Arts you will develop a broad understanding of your field and proficiency in producing written and oral arguments and creative artefacts in response to social, human and natural phenomena. You will also develop a critical appreciation of the perspectives of others. As an Arts graduate you will be able to think critically and creatively, apply knowledge and information, and communicate effectively. These are professional skills which are critical across a range of industries. You will also be able to pursue further study in the fields of social research, the humanities and/or the creative arts.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Special Requirements There may be a reduction in choice of units if completing this course in the external mode. Individual units may require access to specific nominated software.
Major Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
MLO 1 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts majoring in Security Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies demonstrate a broad, critical and coherent understanding of:
a) the meaning, historical evolution and causes of contemporary terrorism;
b) the different approaches to counterterrorism, including use of force and intelligence operations;
c) the core issues of international security and global geopolitics;
d) the theoretical perspectives, basic concepts and methods of enquiry in security studies and international relations;
e) the language of security studies and international relations, including the ability to use standard terminology appropriately;
f) the key security issues in the Asia Pacific region; comparative regional perspectives; and the foreign policy orientation of significant actors including the US, China and Australia.

SKILLS
MLO 2 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts majoring in Security Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies are effective communicators who demonstrate:
a) the ability to think reflectively and critically about a range of issues in security studies, and terrorism and counterterrorism studies;
b) the ability to present a clear and coherent exposition of evidence, analysis, evaluation, ideas and argument both in writing and orally, individually and/or in collaborative contexts;
c) The capacity for oral communication appropriate to a range of audiences.
MLO 3 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts majoring in Security Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies gather, synthesise and critically evaluate ideas and information from a range of sources demonstrating:
a) analytical, critical, creative and conceptual thinking;
b) the capacity to understand and apply methods for research and practice appropriate to a range of contemporary domestic and international political issues and conflicts.

APPLICATION
MLO 4 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts majoring in Security Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies demonstrate confidence and competence in applying knowledge and skills to practice through:
a) a capacity for self-directed independent enquiry;
b) critical self-reflection;
c) creative problem solving;
d) a global perspective incorporating an appreciation of cultural and disciplinary differences.
MLO 5 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts majoring in Security Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies have well developed interpersonal and collaborative skills including the demonstrated capacity to:
a) give and receive critical feedback;
b) work effectively within team environments;
c) respect the thoughts and opinions of others.
MLO 6 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts majoring in Security Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies demonstrate ethical thinking and practice through social and creative enquiry which recognises diversity and the rights and perspectives of others.
Course Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
CLO1 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of
a) The theoretical perspectives and methods of enquiry of a discipline
b) The diversity of social, human and natural phenomena and the multiple perspectives (including inter-disciplinary perspectives) which can be brought to bear in social and creative enquiry
c) Global perspectives including an awareness of and respect for the historical, social, biological, cultural, and economic interdependence of global life

SKILLS
CLO 2 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts are effective communicators who demonstrate
a) proficiency in producing written arguments and/or creative artefacts consistent with the norms and standards of a discipline
b) capacity for persuasive oral communication appropriate to a range of audiences
CLO3 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts gather, synthesise and critically evaluate ideas and information from a range of sources demonstrating
a) analytical, creative and conceptual thinking
b) a variety of methods for research and practice appropriate to the discipline

APPLICATION
CLO 4 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts demonstrate confidence and competence in applying knowledge and skills to practice through
a) a capacity for self-directed independent enquiry
b) critical self-reflection
c) creative problem solving
d) a global perspective incorporating an appreciation of cultural and disciplinary differences
CLO 5 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts have well developed interpersonal and collaborative skills including the demonstrated capacity to
a) give and receive critical feedback
b) work effectively within team environments
c) respect the thoughts and opinions of others
CLO 6 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts demonstrate ethical thinking and practice through social and creative enquiry which recognises diversity and the rights and perspectives of others
Employment Prospects The knowledge and skills gained by students in this course opens up clear career pathways and challenging careers in government, such as in defence, intelligence, police, border protection, foreign affairs, and also in the private sector in various roles. It also opens up clear pathways to postgraduate studies (Masters and MPhil/PhD) and careers in research and academia.
Recommended Double Majors Global Politics and Policy; History; Sociology
Excluded Minors Security, Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Languages and Writing Skills Security, Terrorism and Counterterrorism students are strongly encouraged to include a writing unit in their selection of a general elective at either Part I or Part II. It is also recommended that students consider studying a language other than English, with Indonesian, Japanese, Biblical Hebrew and New Testament Greek, all available at Murdoch.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 72 credit points

Part I - 24 credit points

Year 1 - 24 credit points

Transition Unit - 3 credit points

BAR100 Academic Learning Skills - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Breadth Unit for Degree - 3 credit points

BAR150 Ideas and Identity - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 9 credit points

POL192 Perspectives on Security and Terrorism - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

POL161 Understanding International Politics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

PHL131 Critical and Creative Thinking - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 100-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Part II - 48 credit points

University-Wide Breadth Units - 6 credit points  Unit List

Select from the prescribed list of University-Wide Breadth Units. A unit cannot be used to satisfy both this Breadth Unit requirement and the requirements of a major or minor. If taken at 100 level the unit(s) will be attributed to Part I. Note that no more than 30 credit points at Part I may be credited towards course completion requirements.

Year 2 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

The Research Skills unit to be taken will depend on the student's Primary Major enrolment. Select from the following.

For Primary Major in Social and Developmental Psychology

BSC201 Psychology: Measurement, Design and Analysis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

For All Other Primary Majors

BAR200 Developing Research Skills and Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 6 credit points

POL234 Terrorism in a Globalised World - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

POL236 US Policies and Global Security - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

Specified Electives - 3 credit points

Select from the following:

POL237 Terrorism and Political Violence in South Asia - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

POL232 Military Force and Counterterrorism - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

POL219 Special Topic: From Al Qaeda to the Islamic State: Assessing Terror Threats - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Year 3 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

The Research Skills unit to be taken will depend on the student's Primary Major enrolment. Select from the following.

For Primary Major in Social and Developmental Psychology

BSC302 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

For All Other Primary Majors

BAR300 Advanced Research in the Arts - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 6 credit points

POL335 Policing, Intelligence and Counterterrorism - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

POL345 International Security Studies - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

Specified Electives - 3 credit points

Select from the following:

POL338 Politics and Security in South-East Asia: Terrorists, Gangsters and the State - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

POL334 Middle East Politics and Security - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

POL319 Special topic: Counterterrorism Polices & Practices - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

General Electives - 9 credit points


Select from any 200 or 300 level units

For assistance with course planning, please contact your Student Advisor.

Fee Calculator
Handbook help
Information for Students

Cancellation

The University reserves the right to cancel, without notice, any course, major, minor or unit if the number of students enrolled falls below limits set by the University.


Regulations and Rules

Students should ensure they are familiar with the University's internal legislation, including provisions specifically relevant to their studies. See the University Regulation overview and view legislation online.