Critical Perspectives on Terrorism

POL30009 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • 1 Semester/Teaching Period

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

2021 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

1 Mar 21 - 30 May 21

6 Jul 21

Last self enrolment:
14 Mar 21

31 Mar 21

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Apr 21

More teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 1

8 Mar 21 - 6 Jun 21

29 Jun 21

Last self enrolment:
21 Mar 21

2 Apr 21

Last withdraw without fail:
23 Apr 21


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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