GPM514 Counter Terrorism (16)

Countering terrorism is not an act, but a process. In a post-9/11 world, counter terrorism is no longer within the ambit of few, but the responsibility of many. This responsibility spans intelligence, law enforcement, corrections, and the military as government representatives, and crosses into private industry, encompassing business, legal analysis, the media, and community organisations. This subject will introduce you to the complex counter terrorism challenges that are intrinsic to the current terrorism threat. You will explore the different approaches to counter terrorism through the lens of government and non-government actors, in order to consider the practical, ethical and legal challenges in countering evolving and diverse threats.


Session 2 (60)
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: GPM514. 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 diverse counter terrorism approaches, theories and principles to evaluate recent developments;
  • be able to critically analyse counter terrorism theory and practice to provide insight and make recommendations;
  • be able to develop effective research methods and methodologies to make strategic assessments of counter terrorism approaches;
  • be able to demonstrate leadership through innovating professional practice by challenging existing knowledge and proposing alternate theories; and,
  • be able to identify and evaluate challenges to professional and ethical practice in the field of counter terrorism.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Counter terrorism concepts, theories, and efficacy.
  • Counterterrorism and the military.
  • Counterterrorism and intelligence.
  • Counterterrorism and policing, corrections, and the law.
  • Counterterrorism and the media.
  • Countering terrorism and violent extremism in ethical frameworks.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of GPM514 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 %
Key insights and takeaways
Counter terrorism briefing paper
Policy assessment

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.