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Terror, Law and War (CRIM90015)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeCRIM90015
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject considers and compares the response to terrorism around the world. Of particular interest will be legal responses, instigations of war, and the implementation of practices of rendition, arbitrary detention and torture. These practices have been argued to contravene due process and the presumption of innocence, and contribute to civil and global unrest, sometimes inspiring criminal action and creating new categories of what it means to be criminal. The subject draws upon the conceptual and analytical tools of criminological and socio-legal examination including analysis of the political, social and legal construction of terror and terrorism. The inspiration for anti-terrorism initiatives and conflicting arguments about their necessity will be examined together with the (side) effects they have created.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subejct students should be able to:

  • analyse the current climate of anti-terror;
  • critically consider arguments for and against anti-terror initiatives;
  • explore the use of anti-terrorism laws, pre-emptive war and practices of torture and rendition;
  • consider the effects of torture and anti-terror initiatives on contemporary society.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should:

  • have highly developed cognitive, analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • have an advanced understanding of complex concepts and the ability to express them lucidly in writing and orally;
  • have sophisticated awareness of cultural, ethnic and gender diversities and their implications;
  • have an ability to plan work and to use time effectively.

Last updated: 29 March 2019