Critical Perspectives on Terrorism

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


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

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

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

31 Jul 23 - 29 Oct 23

5 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
13 Aug 23

31 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Sep 23


25 Credit Points of Level 2 Units

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.
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
On successful completion of this unit students 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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