ACR305 - Crime, Terrorism and Security


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 3: Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: Nil

4 credit points at any level

Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: ACR213
Scheduled learning activities - online

5 x 1-hour lecture (recordings provided) and 5 x 2-hour online seminar 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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