Online course in Politics & the Modern World

Security, Terrorism and Counterterrorism

Find out what security is and what it means to be secure, by exploring the threat of conflict, war and terrorism.

  • Duration 4 weeks
  • Weekly study 2 hours
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Understand the global challenges posed by conflict and terrorism

Security has become an important focus in recent years, not just for governments and corporations, but for individuals.

On this course, you’ll get an introduction to the global issues of security, conflict and terrorism. You’ll discover how to define security, what it means to be secure, and how security threats are dealt with.

You’ll learn about the instruments of security, such as weapons and technology, and identify themes in national and international security.

You’ll explore the causes of terrorism and counter-terrorism, and the role of international organisations and world peace.

What topics will you cover?

  • Concept of security
  • Terminology used in security studies
  • Threats to security
  • How conflict has changed
  • Drivers of conflict
  • Conflict and global politics
  • Characteristics of political violence
  • Characteristics of terrorism
  • Responses to terrorism
  • Theories of radicalisation

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Interpret the nature of security by examining the relationship between humans, states and security threats.
  • Describe some of the key characteristics of conflict between states and non-state actors.
  • Investigate and discuss responses to conflict by the international community.
  • Identify political violence and specific characteristics of terrorist violence.
  • Report on policy implications of understanding terrorism as a form of political violence.
  • Explore the theories behind radicalisation and summarise how they influence government policy.

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at anyone interested in security and terrorism issues, but may be of particular interest to students looking to study security, terrorism and counter-terrorism at university.

Who will you learn with?

Kersti Niilus

Kersti Niilus

I teach security, terrorism and counterterrorism at Murdoch University. I’m a news junkie and love to travel, both interests that help develop insights into how different people view security.

Who developed the course?

Murdoch University is a public university in Perth, Western Australia.

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