ACR305 - Crime, Terrorism and Security

Unit details


2024 unit information

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

4 credit points at any level

Incompatible with: ACR213
Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - online unit enrolment:

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.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
ULO1 Describe and evaluate the nature of terrorism and key debates regarding its definitions and history.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

ULO2 Assess criminological frameworks for understanding and responding to terrorism, including socio-legal research, quantitative and policy analysis, and the analysis of detailed case studies.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management

ULO3 Examine relevant criminal justice system responses to terrorism, and critically analyse the complex interactions between legal, security, and law enforcement actors in counterterrorist contexts.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

ULO4 Critically analyse conceptual and practical issues related to the 'war on terror' and costs and benefits associated with counterterrorist securitisation and persuasively present, individually or collectively, in written and oral formats.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year.


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1: Research and Writing Exercise 1000 words
or equivalent
25% Week 4
Assessment 2: Report 2000 words
or equivalent
50% Week 8
Assessment 3: Presentation 1000 words
or equivalent
25% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via ACR305
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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