• Offered by ANU National Security College
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject National Security Policy
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Michael Wesley
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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This course examines how globalisation and the communications revolution have empowered transnational networks of terrorists and criminals in their capacity to threaten national security. The first part of the course concentrates on network theory to form the conceptual basis for understanding the motivations, operations and impacts of transnational terrorist and criminal organisations. The second part examines the varieties of terrorist and crime organisations, focusing in particular on the advantages and vulnerabilities of each. The third part of the course examines the responses of various states and international bodies to the challenge of empowered malicious networks.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1.  A strong understanding of networks, globalisation and communications
  2.  A thorough knowledge of terrorism types and trends
  3. A thorough knowledge of crime types and trends
  4. Understanding intelligence and enforcement challenges
  5. A broader understanding of security threats
  6. Conduct independent research
  7. Acquire highly developed oral and written communications skills

Indicative Assessment

Assessment Task

Word Count

Assessment Value

Learning outcome to be assessed

Preliminary Essay

2,500

40%

1,6,7

Major Essay

4,000

60%

2,3,4,5,6,7

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Workload

One two-hour seminar per week (over 13 weeks) with the expectation of a further eight hours per week of independent study

Prescribed Texts

Course reading list and guide to library resources

Assumed Knowledge

Students enrolled in this course are assumed to have some knowledge of contemporary international politics

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2148
2004 $2160
2005 $2298
2006 $2412
2007 $2520
2008 $2592
2009 $2670
2010 $2718
2011 $2778
2012 $2808
2013 $2808
2014 $2808
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3798
2004 $3798
2005 $3798
2006 $3798
2007 $3798
2008 $3798
2009 $3816
2010 $3942
2011 $3942
2012 $3942
2013 $3942
2014 $3942
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5053 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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