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Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies (BGS)

  • B1363BACHELOR OF GLOBAL SECURITY

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Title Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies (BGS)
Course Code B1363
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
Organisational Unit Global Studies
Academic Contacts http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/AcademicContacts
Qualification Bachelor of Global Security (BGS) in Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Murdoch campus (external)
OUA (Australia) (external) (commencing 2020)
Description Terrorism, and efforts to counter it, has come to reshape national and global politics in the 21st Century. In this major, students will explore the meaning, evolution and complex causes of terrorism and political violence. Students will gain specialised knowledge of various counter-terrorism strategies, policies and politics adopted by governments and security agencies in response to these threats. The major equips students with specialised analytical skills to analyse contexts in which terrorism occurs and evaluate counter terrorism policies and strategies.
The Bachelor of Global Security provides understandings of contemporary challenges to security, including terrorism, political violence, transnational crime, global poverty and climate change, and analyses their political, historical and social context. Graduates will have the skills to respond to such challenges in the short-term, and develop robust solutions. Such skills are highly sought after in many public and private sector organisations - security, law enforcement and defence agencies and consultancies, and organisations concerned with aid, human security, development, and human rights.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements. A minimum ATAR of 70 is required.

English competence.
Admission Requirements: Offshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements.
English competence.
Major Learning Outcomes On completion of this students will be able to:
1. Explain and analyse different and competing understandings of terrorism and counter-terrorism.
2. Critically evaluate different strategies to counter terrorism both domestically and internationally.
3. Explain and analyse the broader political and social context in which security and counter-terrorism policies, institutions and agencies operate
4. Demonstrate knowledge of a range of policy and political options to counter terrorism both nationally and globally.
5. Clearly and accurately communicate complex information, concepts and problems with respect to security and counter-terrorism
6. Demonstrate well-developed interpersonal skills and ethical practice in collaboration with people from diverse backgrounds.
Course Learning Outcomes On completion of this Students will be able to:
1. Analyse and critically evaluate different and competing approaches to global security
2. Critically evaluate different strategies to enhance or enable global security
3. Explain and analyse the broader political and social contexts in which security policies, institutions and agencies operate
4. Demonstrate knowledge of a range of policy and political options to foster domestic and global security
5. Clearly and accurately communicate complex information, concepts and problems with respect to global security
6. Demonstrate well-developed interpersonal skills and ethical practice in collaboration with people from diverse backgrounds
Employment Prospects Security policymaking, Security Consultancies (public and private), Security Agencies, Intelligence, Law Enforcement, Border Protection, Defence Forces, Foreign Affairs, Aid and Non-governmental Orgainisations
Recommended Double Majors Crime Science; Criminal Behaviour; Legal Studies
Recommended Minors Community Development; International Aid and Development; Public Policy
Main research areas Security, Human Security, Security Policy, Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism, Violent Extremism, Political Violence, Conflict, Policing, International Relations, Political Economy, Asian Politics, Middle-Eastern Politics, Public Policy
Mobility The Major offers the potential for a number of mobility options. Existing programs include the ACICIS Professional Practicums (offered in Summer) and ACICIS semester-long programs such as those in International Relations (Bandung) and Indonesian Business, Law and Society (Yogyakarta) - all of which are eligible for New Colombo Plan funding.

In addition, Dr Jacqui Baker and Dr Ian Wilson are members of a newly established WA working group (facilitated by the WA State Government) to explore research and teaching opportunities around security, terrorism and counterterrorism studies with partner universities in East Java. This is fully supported by the Indonesian Ministry of Education Directorate General of Higher Education (DIKTI) which has funds on offer to facilitate exchange and collaboration. Funding is also available from WA. The working group includes several public universities (including ECU), some with an emphasis upon social sciences and others with an IT focus (cyber-security). The opportunities this offers complement existing international study options.

Together, these options strengthen the regional expertise which is a distinctive feature of the major, and which is a highly sought after graduate attribute of employers such as the Australian Federal Police.
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

Year 1 - 24 credit points

Murdoch Spine: Career Learning - 3 credit points

MSP100 Career Learning: Managing Your Career - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external
OUA: OUA2-external, OUA3-external

Core Units - 6 credit points

POL133 Politics, Power and Policy - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

POL201 Global Justice, Aid and Security - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

Major Units - 6 credit points

Select Units from the Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies major

Major Units - 6 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

Options - 9 credit points

Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major of their own choosing.

Year 2 - 24 credit points

Murdoch Spine: Career Learning - 3 credit points

MSP200 Building Enterprise Skills - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external

OR

MSP201 Real World Learning - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external, SUM-external, W-external, Y-external

OR

POL301 Public Policy Project - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

OR

POL340 Public Policy Internship - 6 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

OR

ART307 In-Country Studies Indonesia - 6 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external, SUM-internal, SUM-external

Core Units - 3 credit points

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

Major Units - 9 credit points

Select Units from the Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies major

Major Units - 9 credit points

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

POL232 Military Force and Counterterrorism - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

POL202 Policing and the Politics of Counterterrorism - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

Options - 9 credit points

Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major of their own choosing.

Year 3 - 24 credit points

Murdoch Spine: Career Learning - 3 credit points

MSP200 Building Enterprise Skills - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external

OR

MSP201 Real World Learning - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external, SUM-external, W-external, Y-external

OR

POL301 Public Policy Project - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

OR

POL340 Public Policy Internship - 6 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

OR

ART307 In-Country Studies Indonesia - 6 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external, SUM-internal, SUM-external

Core Units - 3 credit points

POL345 International Security Studies - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

Major Units - 9 credit points

Select Units from the Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies major

Major Units - 9 credit points

POL338 Politics and Security in South-East Asia: Terrorists, Gangsters and the State - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

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

POL337 Terrorism and Political Violence in South Asia - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

Options - 9 credit points

Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major of their own choosing, or complete 9 points of General Electives.

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