Global Terrorism: Politics and Problems

Course code POLI2202
Available in 2017
2017 Course Timetables


The global geo-political context of terrorism and war is analysed with the central focus directed to the evolution of global terrorism and the forms it has taken in the post WWII and post Cold War era. Terrorism is one of many challenges to the sovereign power of nation-states and the most pressing of the political problems associated with this 'global crisis' of terrorism will be evaluated. Students explore this challenge essentially through themes inclusive of terror organizations/movements and their development, the complex relationship between terrorism groups and insurgency movements, and the response of modern nation-states and the international community to various types of terrorist organizations. Students apply critical reasoning to complex issues through independent and collaborative research.



  • Semester 2 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Interpret the prevailing patterns within global terrorism.

2. Comprehend the complex delineations that exist within the broad rubric of terrorism.

3. Examine how trans-nationalism and globalisation has affected the use of violence and terror.

4. Recognise and comprehend the origins of key terrorist movements and organizations.

5. Evaluate how states have reacted to and managed the problem of terrorism.

6. Assess the theoretical and methodological debates in terrorism studies, security studies and political science broadly defined.

7. Apply key social science concepts and theories when researching and evaluating information, opinions and arguments.

8. Communicate in ways appropriate to both audience and purpose


The course content will be drawn from but not restricted to:

  1. Discussions of the socio-political origin of terrorism as a means of achieving certain ends.
  2. The conceptual understanding of different types of terrorist organisations and movements including differences and similarities in sacred and secular terror and the various ideological justifications that have been employed to sanction armed insurgency and terror.
  3. Case studies of specific terrorist and insurgency movement in South/South Asia, Middle East and Europe.
  4. The public policy response to terror including most significantly the US response to 9/11
  5. The relationship between terrorist organisations and the mass media
  6. The relationship between national liberation struggles and terrorist organisations


This course has similarities to POLI3202. If you have successfully completed POLI3202 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed Knowledge

POLI1010 or POLI1020

Assessment Items

Quiz: Mid semester exam - in class

Written Assignment: Report 1

Essay: Major Essay

Written Assignment: Report 2

Contact Hours


Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Students are expected to complete 4 hours of guided learning via online preparation, lectures, interactive workshops, tutorials, discussion groups or self-directed learning and an additional 6 hours of independent study per week.