GPM517 Terrorist Operations and Praxis (8)

This subject analyses and deconstructs the operational aspects of terrorism through a focused examination of high profile terrorist attacks throughout modern history. The subject begins with a focus on the literature regarding innovation and learning within terrorist organisations and across terrorist networks. The subject provides a structured analysis of the most significant terrorist attacks in modern history, and an assessment of the impact of these attacks on the policies and practices of counter terrorism.


Session 2 (60)
Manly Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: GPM517. 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 capable of applying an advanced knowledge of terrorist operations in a range of professional and academic contexts;


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Learning and Innovation in Terrorist Organisations
  • From Networks to State Sponsorship: Organisational Structure and Attack Complexity
  • 1972 Munich Massacre
  • Drivers and Constraints: Technology and Terrorism
  • 1983 Beirut Marine Barracks bombing
  • 1985 Air India Flight 182 bombing
  • 1995 Oklahoma bombings
  • 1995 Tokyo Sarin Gas attack
  • 1998 Omagh bombing
  • 2001 World Trade Centre and Pentagon attacks
  • 2002 Moscow theatre siege & 2004 Beslan school siege
  • 2008 Mumbai attack
  • 2011 Oslo bombing and shooting
  • 2015 Paris attack
  • This syllabus is indicative only as the dynamic nature of the terrorist environment, and the frequency of attacks, means the cases studies will evolve over time.

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.