ACR213 - Crime, Terrorism and Security


2020 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Alternate years 2021, 2023
Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)

Alternate years 2020, 2022
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)

Credit point(s): 1
Previously coded as:

ASL208, ASL308

EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:



Students must complete 4 credit points at any level



Incompatible with:

ASL208, ASL308, ACR313

Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

4-5 x 3-hour seminars per trimester

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

4-5 x 3-hour online seminars per trimester


This unit provides an introduction to the broad subject of terrorism, including key definitions, and historical and contemporary examples, with a critical appraisal of its social and political effects. Students will develop an informed understanding of criminological debates about terrorism, and the problems that emerge from its classification as a high-profile form of political violence. The unit examines criminal justice responses to actual and perceived risks of terrorism, and investigates the complex relationships between legal, law enforcement, and other counter-terrorist actors. Through practical exercises, students will examine the need for governments, counter-terrorist authorities and civil society to carefully balance the responsibilities and rights of perpetrators and victims of terrorism, and understand the implications of counter-terrorism strategies on contemporary civilian life. On completion of this unit, students will be able to explain key patterns associated with terrorism and counter-terrorism policy, and analyse recent developments in a range of domains.

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