GPM517 Terrorist Operations and Praxis (8)

Terrorists represent a dynamic threat due to their ability to learn and innovate methods for strategic violence. These innovations are capable of fundamentally altering the atmosphere of counter terrorism in the Western world. This can be due to technical simplicity, such as September 11, 2001; technological expansion, such as Tokyo 1995; or strategic innovation, such as Munich 1972. This subject uses real world case studies of significant terrorist attacks, and explores the enduring impact they had on counter terrorism policy internationally. You will undertake a structured operations analysis of prominent attacks in order to develop theories regarding future terrorist threats.


Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus
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 able to demonstrate advanced knowledge of terrorist operations and praxis, with regards to the impact subnational terrorist operations have had on counter terrorism approaches;
  • be able to critically assess recent developments in terrorist operations and praxis to evaluate operational evolution;
  • be able to select and apply appropriate research methods to investigate terrorist operations and praxis, while exploiting available intelligence to substantiate assessments;
  • be able to objectively appraise terrorist operations and praxis to inform professional practice with empirically-driven decision-making; and
  • be able to clearly communicate complex theories regarding terrorist operations and praxis appropriately to inform specialist and non-specialist audiences.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Learning and innovation in terrorist organisations and operations
  • Networks and state sponsorship in terrorist operations
  • Organisational structure and complexity in terrorist operations
  • Technology and terrorist operations
  • Case Studies; action reviews of significant terrorist operations

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of GPM517 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
Operational analysis
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.