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INTR12-230: Terrorism September 2019 [Standard]

General information

Terrorism is recognised as an irregular form of global conflict and a central concern of national and international politics. Terrorism affects all the complex elements of international relations: including trade, economics, information transfers, culture and religion. Understanding Terrorism requires interdisciplinary analysis and this subject will equip students with the theoretical frameworks to analyse the motivations and transnational nature of this phenomena. The subject will also provide an overview of the strategies deployed by States and Institutions to combat this lethal form of political activism.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:INTR12-230
Subject title:Terrorism
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:September 2019
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Tutorial: x12 (Total hours: 12) - Weekly Tutorial
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Recommended Study Hours


Prescribed resources:
  • Martin. G. (2012). Understanding Terrorism: Challenges, Perspectives, and Issues.. Fourth, London: Sage Publications
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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the key concepts in Terrorism studies and their implications on a domestic, regional and international level.
  2. Critically asses the different definitions, manifestations and causes of modern terrorism.
  3. Present complex information in a lucid, objective manner, befitting of the approach preferred in the intelligence community.
  4. Demonstrate a deeper understanding of the activities of a number of terrorist organisation.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge on the causes, ideologies, structures, threat assessments, potency, methods and tactics that terrorist organisations employ, as well as an understanding of counter terrorism initiatives.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Class Participation Attendance and contribution to class discussion 10% Ongoing 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
*Speech - Informative Intelligence Briefing: In the manner of an Intelligence Briefing to government, students are required to 'brief' an audience on a specific terrorism threat and suggest counter-terrorism initiatives. (Other details, duration etc, advised in week 1) 45% Progressive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Analysis Critical analysis essay which aims to develop students' ability to analyse contentious topics: "The easiest way for governments to stop terrorism is to stop participating in it." 45% Week 10 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Study information

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Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

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Feedback on assessment

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Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

This first series introduces the students to the nuances of terrorism, from the historical and modern perspective. In particular, students will investigate the definitional issues that are inherent in Terrorism Studies. This series also introduces students to the root-causes of terrorism.

Definitions and perceptions of terrorism: Is one man's freedom fighter really another's terrorist?

Historical, general and novel causes of terrorism.

This series explores the many manifestations of terrorism, from the historical and modern perspective. In particular, state and dissident initiated terrorism is discussed, compared and contrasted. Students will also develop the facilities to distinguish the various types of terrorism.

Ethno-national, sub-state and seperatist movements explained.

The volatile mixture between religion and terrorism

Terrorism for $$$ and not ideological motivations

A guest lecture by terrorism analyst, consultant and PhD candiadte, Pat Blannin

This series explores the terrorist trade, including the informational war waged between adversaries and the role of mass media; and the implications of what is considered a dangerous relationship: terrorists armed with high-yield weaponry and the globalisation of information.

How can terrorism be countered?

Future trends in terrorism

Approved on: Jun 7, 2019. Edition: 1.3