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Perspectives on Security and Terrorism (POL192)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit introduces the concepts of security, risk, terrorism and counterterrorism and examines how various agents in international society perceive and employ them. It explains how and why terrorism undermines security and what measures are often taken to counter it. The unit also analyses the relationships between terrorism and religion, the media, and democracy. It finally examines the way Australia has responded to terrorist threats since the attacks on the US in September 2001.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Develop a critical understanding of, and the ability to discuss, the nature of security, risk, terrorism and counter-terrorism.
2. Develop an understanding of, and ability to discuss, the theoretical frameworks that best explain security and terrorism, and to what extent these frameworks can explain Australia's approach to transnational terrorism.
3. Understand the history of terrorism and identify any discernible patterns in counter-terrorism strategies.
4. Identify what central issues confront security agencies and decision-makers in the face of terrorism and what options are available.
5. Read widely and analyse other people's works.
6. Communicate clearly and coherently both orally and in writing.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1.5 hour per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is centred on improving students' critical thinking through careful reading and academic argument. The weekly required readings and associated supporting lectures are the primary resource materials through which students are presented with a range of debates in security and counterterrorism, and which they are guided to develop skills in interpreting and communicating. Written assessments stress the importance of understanding and presenting an argument. Students will receive, in addition to a grade, written comments on their essays.
Assessment Internal students will be assessed on the basis of four items, which will test their ability to research and communicate effectively both orally and in writing. The first is a 1000-word critical review essay, which comprises 20% of the final grade. The second is a 2000-word research essay, which comprises 40% of the final grade. The third item will be tutorial participation will comprise 20% of the final grade. And the fourth will be a one-hour open-book exam, comprising 20% of the final grade. External students will be assessed on the basis of a critical review essay (20%), a research essay (40%) and a two-hour open book exam (40%).
Prerequisites Nil.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Criminology + Global Security [Combined] (BCrim)+(BGS) [New in 2019]
Law + Global Security [Combined] (LLB)+(BGS) [New in 2019]
Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies (BGS) [New in 2019]
Appears in these Minors Security, Terrorism and Counterterrorism
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.


Unit Coordinator
Professor Samuel Makinda

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2942
e: S.Makinda@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.3.013 - Building 440, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Professor Samuel Makinda

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2942
e: S.Makinda@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.3.013 - Building 440, Murdoch Campus
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