GPM508 Radicalisation, Deradicalisation and Counter Radicalisation (16)

Through this subject students will develop a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of radicalisation, deradicalisation
and counter-radicalisation and the complex psychological, social, political, domestic and
international contexts of radicalisation related issues. Students will develop an holistic, critical, and wideranging knowledge and understanding of radicalisation and contemporary efforts to counter it. Students will also critically assess a variety of approaches to radicalisation, deradicalisation
and counter-radicalisation, and critically consider existing theoretical frameworks and practice. Students will also contribute to theory development and innovation, synthesising their
knowledge through the production of extensive and sophisticated research based assessments and/or
policy recommendations. Students will demonstrate expertise in discovering, critiquing, interpreting, and
transmitting focused, specialist knowledge and understanding, while exhibiting autonomous, evidence based judgment, while remaining adaptable and responsible in its application.


Session 2 (60)
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: GPM508. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Enrolment Restrictions

Available to postgraduate students only.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • apply an advanced knowledge radicalisation, de-radicalisation and counter radicalisation in a range of contexts for professional practice or scholarship, and as a pathway for further learning
  • possess knowledge of radicalisation, de-radicalisation and counter radicalisation and related security contexts that includes the understanding of recent developments in radicalisation, de-radicalisation and counter radicalisation
  • demonstrate a knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to radicalisation, de-radicalisation and counter radicalisation scholarship, policy, and practice
  • demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge in relation radicalisation, de-radicalisation and counter radicalisation, and to reflect critically on theory, professional practice and scholarship
  • demonstrate high order capabilities in analysis and synthesis of complex radicalisation, de-radicalisation and counter radicalisation related information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply and critique established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice such as policing, broader law enforcement, intelligence, military or public policy domains
  • possess the capacity to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts related to radicalisation, de-radicalisation and counter radicalisation, at an abstract level
  • be capable of technical research skills to justify and radicalisation, de-radicalisation and counter radicalisation related theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • possess technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about radicalisation, de-radicalisation and counter radicalisation related developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship
  • be able to demonstrate creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning
  • demonstrate a high level personal autonomy and accountability
  • be able to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • the causal factors influencing radicalisation
  • what strategies can be introduced to assist de-radicalisation
  • what can be done to counter the radicalisation message
  • contemporary conflicts and the threat of terrorism
  • suicide bombers- motivations and profiles
  • role of women in suicide terrorism
  • CBRN terrorism
  • impact of globalisation
  • use of IT to aid in acts of terrorism
  • methods of attack and target selection

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of GPM508 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Insights and takeaways
Theoretical analysis
Major essay

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.