GPM426 Terrorist Financing and Resourcing (8)

Terrorist financing and resourcing is an essential mechanism through which counterterrorism practitioners, policy makers, regulators and academics can assess the strength of a terrorist group and its network. In this subject, you will explore the murky underworld of terrorist finance and resourcing, and investigate the mechanisms through which terrorist networks raise, transfer, and expend their funds. You will also be introduced to concepts around privatisation, diversification, and globalisation within the ambit of transactional criminal and terrorist activity. Finally, study will assess the efficacy of historical counter terrorism approaches to understand the challenges in countering terrorist movements.


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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: GPM426. 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 demonstrate advanced knowledge of terrorist financing and resourcing practices with reference to subnational organisations, networks, and operations, to assess existing strategic responses;
  • be able to critically analyse terrorist financing and resourcing at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels in order to identify patterns and mechanisms;
  • be able to select appropriate research methods to provide empirically-based assessments of current and emerging financing threats in various terrorism and security contexts;
  • be able to demonstrate leadership through rigorously and objectively analysing terrorist financing and resourcing, in order to inform and influence professional practice; and,
  • be able to clearly communicate complex counter terrorism policies, practices and approaches to specialist and non-specialist audiences.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Terrorist operational funding and organisational structures
  • State sponsorship in the cold war
  • Diversification, privatisation, and globalisation in terrorist financing and resourcing
  • Transnational organised crime and narco-terrorism
  • Regional focus: Afghanistan and Colombia
  • Strategic responses to terrorist financing and resourcing

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of GPM426 in Session 2 2020. 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 %
Funding and resourcing mechanism analysis
Financing & resourcing strategy evaluation
Insights & takeaways

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.