GPM508 Radicalisation, Deradicalisation and Counter Radicalisation (16)

Radicalisation has become one of the most debated concepts in contemporary security. As a concept, as a process, and as an idea, radicalisation theory has shaped and informed how we understand the terrorist evolution to ideologically motivated violence. Deradicalisation and disengagement follow as initiatives which attempt to counter or prevent violent extremism. In this subject, you will explore prominent theories of radicalisation and deradicalisation in the framework of contemporary terrorism. This includes examining the motivations of terrorists, what they believe and who they recruit, including foreign fighters. This then leads into an appraisal of self-radicalisation, lone actors, and the online environment. Finally, you will consider current approaches to countering violent extremism, disengagement, and deradicalisation.


Session 2 (60)
Canberra Campus

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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:
  • be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge of radicalisation in subnational terrorist movements and groups, with reference to concepts, theories, and principles to provide strategic insight;
  • be able to apply deradicalisation and disengagement knowledge effectively, with reference to recent developments in order to evaluate counteraction approaches;
  • be able to critically analyse radicalisation and deradicalisation to assess the validity of recent developments and provide insight on terrorist disengagement;
  • be able to develop research methods and methodologies which support the investigation of radicalisation and deradicalisation;
  • be able to develop knowledge leadership through professional and objective contributions to ongoing debate in order to influence change and practice; and
  • be able to evaluate deradicalisation and disengagement approaches within the scope of professional and ethical practice.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Radicalisation concepts, definitions, and theories
  • Psychological approaches to radicalisation
  • Ideology, grievance, and recruitment in radicalisation
  • Radicalisation, religion, and online/offline networks
  • Radicalisation and suicide terrorism, foreign fighters, and lone actors
  • De-radicalisation and disengagement

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of GPM508 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 %
Insights and takeaways
Briefing paper
Major essay

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.