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#LA-03-06 Security, Terrorism and Counterterrorism

  • Categories Law
  • Duration 20h
  • Total Enrolled 4
  • Last Update September 27, 2021

About Course

Murdoch University


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.

This course is part of our Study with Australia collection, with free upgrades and digital certificates supported by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission until 31st July, 2020. 

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 logo

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

  • Established: 1973
  • Location: Perth, Western Australia
  • World ranking: Top 410
  • Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

What Will I Learn?

  • 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.

Topics for this course

13 Lessons20h

Welcome to the course?

Introduce yourself to your peers and get a glimpse of what is to come over the lesson.

Conceptualising security?

Share what it means to you to be secure and learn about some of the key terminology frequently used in security studies.

Threats to security?

Explore examples of threats to the security of individuals and nation states.


Revisit what you understand security to be.

Student Feedback


Total 4 Ratings

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The course started me exploring the causes of terrorism and counter-terrorism, as well as the role of international organizations and world peace. Let me cherish the present peaceful life more, wish we can live in a peaceful age forever.

My favorite part of the course is writing literature review and research design and methods. It's a good course.

In this course I learn about global issues such as security, conflict and terrorism. You've also learned how to define security, what security means, and how to deal with security threats. This is a very deep topic.

Over the years, security has become an important focus, so each of us needs to understand the global challenges posed by conflict and terrorism and focus on security.


Material Includes

  • Official Certificate

Target Audience

  • 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.