Critical Perspectives on Terrorism

POL30009 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online


  • 1 Semester/Teaching Period

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

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


25 cps at Level 2

Aims and objectives

This unit provides students with a critical understanding of terrorism and counter-terrorism policy and practices. It will explore the concepts and ideas surrounding terrorism and consider a variety of perspectives in order to make sense of the phenomena of terrorism and its implications for liberty, security and freedom.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Explain the problems of defining and conceptualising terrorism.
2. Hypothesise the implications of specific ways of thinking about terrorism for counterterrorism practices and policy.
3. Critique the role of experts and academics in the discourse of terrorism.
4. Evaluate the importance of the specificity of particular case studies in debates about terrorism - as a global threat and as a particular or unique form of violence.

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