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Terrorism in a Globalised World (POL234)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Since the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 the spectre of terrorism and resultant 'War on Terror' have come to dominate and in many respects reshape national and international politics. The aim of this unit is to provide a critical understanding of terrorism and counter-terrorism politics and policy within the context of a globalised world. Drawing upon both contemporary and historical case studies, the unit considers the complex interrelationships between forces of globalisation, political interest, ideology and violence.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:
1.Demonstrate a broad and critical understanding of the history of terrorism and political violence in sub-national, national, and international politics
2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principal theoretical perspectives, debates and challenges in the study of terrorism and counter-terrorism including theories of the causative factors behind terrorism
3. Analyse the politics of terrorism and counterterrorism, together with its historical evolution, and the social, economic and political conditions in which terrorism has emerged
4. Evaluate the implications for counterterrorism practices and policy of particular ways of thinking about terrorism.
5. Communicate clearly and coherently both orally and in writing.
Timetabled Learning Activities 1 x 90 minute lecture, 1 x 60 minute tutorial
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is a combination of structured learning in the form of lectures together with semi-structured discussions in tutorials on unit themes. Audio-visual material, such as documentary film, are also used
Assessment Assessment
Internal: 2500 word essay (50%) Tutorial participation (10%) Two hour Exam (40%)
External: 500 word think piece (10%) 2500 word essay (50%) Two hour Exam (40%)
A clear breakdown of marking criteria is included in the Unit Guide and written feedback is provided by the Unit Coordinator/Tutor for all assessment tasks based upon these criteria.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have completed POL293 Terrorism in a Globalised World may not enrol in this unit for credit.
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 Critical and Human Security
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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