Course Title: Terrorism and Society

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Terrorism and Society

Credit Points: 12


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

POLI1060

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2012

POLI1060

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2015

POLI1062

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2017

POLI1062

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2015

Course Coordinator: Dr Robin Cameron

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 2721

Course Coordinator Email: robin.cameron@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

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Course Description

This is an introductory course to terrorism using a criminological or criminal justice framework for studying terrorists and their organisations, terrorist origins, goals, and ideologies, and counter terrorism and anti-terrorism. You will learn about the structure and dynamics of terrorism in America, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. You will also consider terrorist weapons, strategies and tactics, the hot spots in which terrorists operate, their use of the media, and theories of counter terrorism. The history, present, and future of terrorism are equally emphasised. You will review definitions and typologies of terrorism, analyse specific concepts in context, and discuss your thoughts about terrorism, including its local and global implications.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:


a) Analyse and discuss the etiology and consequences of terrorism;
b) Apply criminology and criminal justice frameworks for analysing terrorism and terrorists
c) Distinguish historical, psychological, and sociological explanations of terrorism
d) Explain the patterns and trends of terrorism, including methods, modes of attack, tactics, and strategies with a view to devising a range of strategic responses including preventative measures.
e) Critically analyse theories and policies of counter terrorism, including scholarly controversies relating to the media and civil liberties
f) Distinguish philosophical ideologies that impact on counter-terrorism and anti-terrorism


In this course, you will develop the following graduate capability:

  • Critical analysis and problem solving


Overview of Learning Activities

 This course is generally delivered in a face-to-face mode with a blend of learning activities, which include lectures, seminars, tutorials, guest speakers presentations, case studies, videos, and student lead discussions. The course may be delivered online


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the learning outcomes of this course and on your development against the program capabilities. Assessment may include examinations, group work, tutorial presentations, assignments, and essay writing. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.
 

  • If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
  • A student charter http://www.rmit.edu.au/about/studentcharter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
  • Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment