GPM515 Right Wing Extremism and Terrorism (8)

This subject will enhance the students' knowledge of right wing extremism and terrorism, its nature and origins, and strategic evolution in a variety of security contexts. Students will develop a sophisticated understanding of the ideas which underpin right wing extremism through investigating theory, ideology, concepts, and frameworks which shape contemporary understandings of the right wing threat nexus. This is then applied to security contexts such as the United States of America, the United Kingdom, European Union, and Australia. Students will critically engage with the right wing threat nexus through research-based assessments, which exploit theory and data, in order to assess counter efforts and make recommendations with regard to counter measures.


Session 1 (30)
Manly Campus
Session 2 (60)
Manly Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: GPM515. 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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply principles, frameworks, and concepts for right wing extremism and terrorism research to inform strategic understandings in a variety of security contexts;
  • be able to analyze and evaluate ideas, concepts, and challenges presented by the right wing extremism and terrorism, to formulate empirically-based analysis on historical, contemporary, and emergent right wing threats, in order to produce high level threat assessments;
  • be able to reflect critically on theory, professional practice, and scholarship regarding right wing extremism and terrorism; and
  • be able to formulate complex conclusions on right wing extremism, and communicate these conclusions with insight and clarity to audiences in a variety of security contexts.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Extremism on the Right: Complexity and Conflation
  • Theories: Fascism, Populism, and National Socialism
  • Ideologies: Field Guide to Belief Systems
  • Typologies: Conceptualizing the Extreme Right
  • Strategies: Leaderless resistance and terrorism in the Right
  • Connected Communities: Right wing extremism and the Internet
  • Right Wing Extremism in North America
  • Right Wing Extremism in Europe
  • Right Wing Extremism in the United Kingdom
  • Right Wing Extremism in Australia
  • Right Wing Terrorism: Attacks and Targets

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