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Policing and the Politics of Counterterrorism (POL202)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description 'The epic project of police' has expanded since 9/11, but the study of policing continues to be neglected in social and political sciences. This course rectifies this 'gap' by inquiring how 'counterterrorism' is transforming police and policing at the local, national, international and radically changing power dynamics. Students examine theories of policing and the emergence of the modern police before turning to new policing regimes to counter and prevent terrorism including transnational policing and the role of the private actors.
Unit Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to:
ULO 01: Analyse different and competing understandings of policing
ULO 02: Explain and analyse the broader political and social context in which policing regimes, institutions and their agencies operate
ULO 03: Assess and critically evaluate different strategies to police terror
ULO 04: Effectively communicate complex information, concepts and problems with respect to policing counterterroism through clear and accurate written work and video or oral presentations.
ULO 05: Demonstrate well developed interpersonal skills and ethical practice in collaborative work.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lecture: 1 hour
Tutorial: 1.5 hours
Unit Learning Experiences This unit will contribute to the development of the following Graduate Attributes: communication; critical and creative thinking; social interaction; independent and lifelong learning; global perspective; in-depth knowledge of a field of study; interdisciplinarity.
The unit is designed in a workshop style to encourage communication, critical and creative thinking and interdisciplinary learning. The workshop will commence with a lecture and then students will work in groups on exercises based around the lecture and the weekly readings. Students will be asked to complete case studies as well as compare and contrast theoretical frameworks.
Assessment 1. Participation (10%)
2. Written Critique (30%)
3. Final Exam (40%)
4. Four quizzes (20%, 5% each)
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have completed POL335 Policing, Intelligence and Counterterrorism cannot enrol in POL202 Policing and the Politics of Counterterrorism
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Criminology + Global Security [Combined] (BCrim)+(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.


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