Countering Violent Extremism

POL30016 12.5 Credit Points Online


  • One Semester or equivelent

Contact hours

  • 36 Hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2021 teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3

8 Nov 21 - 13 Feb 22

8 Mar 22

Last self enrolment:
21 Nov 21

3 Dec 21

Last withdraw without fail:
31 Dec 21

Aims and objectives

This unit introduces students to the concept of violent extremism and to policies designed to counter it. It traces the emergence of the concept of violent extremism in policy discourse and academia, and situates it within terrorism studies more broadly. The unit encourages students to engage in critical analysis of the concept of violent extremism and policies designed to counter it. It uses recent examples of incidents of home-grown extremism and the development of counter extremism policy to help students to analyse the issues in their real-world context.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Critically analyse and assess concepts of violent extremism and approaches to Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)
2. Compare the different ways Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) has developed in global security debates and where it is situated within the broader history of terrorism
3. Critically assess and analyse real-world policy approaches to violent extremism in relation to broader debates in terrorism studies.

Courses with unit

Bachelor of Social Science