Radicalisation

GPM508

radicalisation GPM508

A 16 point post-graduate subject delivered by the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

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Workload

One two hour seminar per week over 13 weeks, with additional reading, research, and assessment writing required.

Through this subject students will develop a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of radicalisation and the complex psychological, social, political, domestic and international contexts of radicalisation related issues. Students will critically assess a variety of approaches to radicalisation, de-radicalisation and counter-radicalisation, and critically consider existing conceptual frameworks and practices. Students will develop an appreciation for emerging practices in the countering violent extremism domain, analysing community level approaches in addition to government policy and practice. Students will synthesise their knowledge through the production of extensive and sophisticated research based assessments and/or policy recommendations.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • Be capable of applying an advanced knowledge of radicalisation in a range of contexts for scholarship or professional practice
  • Appreciate the complex psychological, social, political, domestic and international contexts of radicalisation related issues
  • Possess knowledge of de-radicalisation and counter radicalisation and related security contexts that includes the understanding of recent developments in relation to countering violent extremism
  • Demonstrate mastery of conceptual understanding in relation to radicalisation, de-radicalisation and counter-radicalisation, and to reflect critically on theory, public policy, and scholarship
  • Evidence higher order capabilities in analysis and synthesis of complex radicalisation, de-radicalisation and counter radicalisation related information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply and critique established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice such as policing, broader law enforcement, intelligence, military or public policy domains
  • Be capable of technical research skills to justify radicalisation, de-radicalisation and counter radicalisation related policies, approaches, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Possess communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, and analyse radicalisation, de-radicalisation and counter radicalisation related developments that contribute to public policy, professional practice or scholarship

Indicative assessment

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • Theoretical analysis - 40%
  • Research Essay – 60%

Textbooks

The set text for this course is:

Horgan, J. (2014). The Psychology of Terrorism, 2nd ed. London: Routledge. McCauley, C., & Moskalenko, S. (2011). Friction: How Radicalisation Happens to Them and Us, London: Oxford University Press.

Note that all of these texts offer something different and come at the subject from a different perspective, but all are by well-regarded experts in their field. Various chapters from these texts will readings within the subject, and will subsequently be made available electronically.

reading list extract

  • McCauley, C. & Moskalenko, S. (2008). ‘Mechanisms of Political Radicalization: Pathways towards Terrorism’, Terrorism and Political Violence, 20(3), 415–33.
  • Kruglanski, , A.W. & Orehek, E. (2011). ‘The
    Role of the Quest for Personal Significance in Motivating Terrorism’, in Forgas, J.P., Kruglanski, A.W. & Williams, K.D. (eds.) The Psychology of Social Conflict and Aggression, Psychology Press, pp. 153-164.
  • Crenshaw, M. (1981). ‘The Causes of Terrorism’, in Horgan, J. & Braddock, K. (eds.) Terrorism Studies: A Reader, Routledge, pp. 99-114.
  • Stern, J. & Berger, J.M. (2015). ‘Jihad Goes
    Social’ & ‘The Electronic Brigades,’ in ISIS:
    The State of Terror, William Collins, pp. 127-177.

subject availability

academic year 2017

INternal MODE (CBR)

  • SESSION 2

Distance MODE

  • SESSION 1
  • SESSION 2