• 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
  • Mode of delivery In Person

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




Major Essay




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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



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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