GPM515 Right Wing Extremism and Terrorism (8)

Right wing extremism and terrorism is increasing around the world. The attacks in Christchurch and El Paso in 2019 by right wing terrorists have reinforced the urgency of this rising threat.  In this subject, you will be introduced to theories which explain right wing extremism and terrorism, and you will explore extreme right ideologies. You will then investigate right wing terrorist strategies and attacks to advance your knowledge of the terrorism nexus. Its transnational nature will be explored through the framework of online networks, and with reference to the domestic and international environments. Finally, you will focus on the right wing extremism in specific regions to consider mechanisms for countering this threat.


Session 1 (30)
Manly Campus
Session 2 (60)
Bathurst 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 demonstrate advanced knowledge of right wing extremism and terrorism with reference to ideology, strategies and tactics, and networks to provide threat assessments;
  • be able to critically evaluate right wing extremism and terrorism precedent to make threat assessments;
  • be able to use a range of research approaches and evidence types to analyse existing knowledge of right wing terrorism to substantiate assessments;
  • be able to objectively assess right wing threats to contribute to debate and inform professional practice; and,
  • be able to clearly communicate complex issues associated with right wing extremism to specialist and non-specialist audiences.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Radicalisation and mobilisation.
  • Strategies for extreme right violence.
  • The extreme right online.
  • Regional Focus: North America; Europe and the United Kingdom; Australia and New Zealand.
  • Countering the extreme right.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of GPM515 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
Concept brief
Threat assessment

Special Resources


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.