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Graduate Certificate in Terrorism and Security Studies

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Forge your career in national security with CSU's Graduate Certificate of Terrorism and Security Studies, designed to develop and enhance your knowledge and understanding of terrorism.

This course focuses on giving you an integrated understanding of the complex context of terrorism and other security related issues.

The Graduate Certificate in Terrorism and Security Studies is related to:


  • Why study this course?

    Study at your own place and pace

    Delivered online, this course provides the flexibility to enable you to fit study around your existing work, family or other commitments. Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate provides an entry pathway to the Graduate Diploma and Master of Terrorism and Security Studies.

    Consolidate your career path

    Throughout this course you will develop a sophisticated understanding of the history of terrorism, critically analyse contemporary terrorism threats, apply existing theoretical frameworks and synthesise these through the production of research based assessments. You will develop your expertise in interpreting and transmitting this knowledge and understanding to both specialist and non-specialist audiences, while demonstrating autonomy, judgment and adaptability in its application.

    Align your knowledge with current practice

    Designed and delivered in collaboration with industry leaders, this course ensures that you will be able to critically analyse and consider terrorism threats and counterterrorism responses and to evaluate complex policy responses to terrorism. Develop your skills and knowledge towards the analysis, consolidation and synthesis of knowledge and understanding of terrorism and counterterrorism, and identify and provide appropriate responses to complex terrorism related threats and counterterrorism challenges. You will develop skills across the initiation, planning, implementation and evaluation of various counterterrorism activities and policies in your area of responsibility.

    Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security 

    Established in 1993, CSU's Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS) is a leading provider of postgraduate research and education for professionals in law enforcement, emergency management and security. Faculty members are leaders in their fields and have significant experience and academic expertise, offering you a unique advantage in furthering your knowledge and expertise in this emerging field.

  • Career opportunities

    The counterterrorism and security industry has a broad range of career opportunities across government and private arenas. Contribute to military intelligence, or work to support law enforcement, civil and community organisations. Work with well-equipped and multidisciplinary specialist teams to take a proactive approach to identify and respond to national and international security risks. And liaise with partner agencies to ensure responses meet requirements, to deliver up information in response to operational activities and to secure appropriate support where required.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Graduate Certificate in Terrorism and Security Studies (32 credit points)
     

    Must have completed:
     

    At least one 16 point subject from:-

    GPM417 The History of Terrorism (16 credit points)
    GPM418 Contemporary Terrorism (16 points)
    GPM508 Radicalisation (16 points)
    GPM514 Counter Terrorism (16 points)

    and at least one 8 point subject from:

    GPM510 Terrorism in Cyberspace (8 points)
    GPM426 Terrorist Financing and Resourcing (8 points)
    GPM513 Illicit Network Analysis (8 points)

    and electives from AGSPS and across CSU


    Graduate Diploma in Terrorism and Security Studies (64 credit points)

    Must have completed:

    At least one 16 point subject from:-

    GPM417 The History of Terrorism (16 points)
    GPM418 Contemporary Terrorism (16 points)
    GPM508 Radicalisation (16 points)
    GPM514 Counter Terrorism (16 points)

    And at least two 8 point subjects from:

    GPM510 Terrorism in Cyberspace (8 points)
    GPM426 Terrorist Financing and Resourcing (8 points)
    GPM513 Illicit Network Analysis (8 points)

    and electives from AGSPS and across CSU

     

    Master of Terrorism and Security Studies (96 credit points)

    Must have completed:

    At least three 16 point subjects from:

    GPM417 The History of Terrorism (16 points)
    GPM418 Contemporary Terrorism (16 points)
    GPM508 Radicalisation (16 points)
    GPM514 Counter Terrorism (16 points)

    And at least two 8 point subjects from:

    GPM510 Terrorism in Cyberspace (8 points
    GPM426 Terrorist Financing and Resourcing (8 points)
    GPM513 Illicit Network Analysis (8 points)

    and electives from AGSPS and across CSU

    Electives

    Electives can be chosen from any subjects offered by AGSPS and across CSU, with the approval of the Course Coordinator/Director.                                                                                            

    Enrolment pattern

    Graduate Certificate (Part-time)

    Session 1

    GPM417 The History of Terrorism (16 points)
    or
    GPM418 Contemporary Terrorism (16 points)
    or
    GPM514 Counter Terrorism (16 points)

    Session 2

    GPM510 Terrorism in Cyberspace (8 points)
    or
    GPM426 Terrorist Financing and Resourcing (8 points)
    or
    GPM513 Illicit Network Analysis (8 points)
    and
    8 points of electives if required

    Graduate Diploma (Part-time)

    Session 3

    GPM417 The History of Terrorism (16 points)
    or
    GPM418 Contemporary Terrorism (16 points)
    or
    GPM508 Radicalisation (16 points)
    or
    GPM514 Counter Terrorism (16 points)

    Session 4

    GPM510 Terrorism in Cyberspace (8 points)
    or
    GPM426 Terrorist Financing and Resourcing (8 points)
    or
    GPM513 Illicit Network Analysis (8 points)
    and
    8 points of electives if required

    Master of Arts (Part-time)

    Session 5

    GPM417 The History of Terrorism (16 points)
    or
    GPM418 Contemporary Terrorism (16 points)
    or
    GPM508 Radicalisation (16 points)
    or
    GPM514 Counter Terrorism (16 points)

    Session 6

    GPM510 Terrorism in Cyberspace (8 points)
    or
    GPM426 Terrorist Financing and Resourcing (8 points)
    or
    GPM513 Illicit Network Analysis (8 points)
    and
    8 points of electives if required

  • Admission information

    An undergraduate degree or relevant industry experience.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession 1Session 2Session 3Admission Code
    DirectOnlineManlyFPOSYYYJATC
    DirectOnlineManlyFPPGYYYOATC
    DirectOnlineManlyCGSYY*NEATC

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    Must complete 32 points at pass level or better.

  • How to apply
    Apply direct to CSU

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    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

    Apply online

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  • About the School

    Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS)

    Established in 1993, CSU’s Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS) is a leading provider of postgraduate research and education for professionals in law enforcement, emergency management and security. CSU’s courses offered through AGSPS span a broad range of global issues that include international terrorism, intelligence analysis, transnational crime, fraud and financial crime, corruption, cyber-crime, and natural disaster management. Our faculty members are leaders in their fields and have significant experience and academic expertise. The School continues to grow through close collaboration with law enforcement, regulators, universities, research bodies, private industry and emergency services providers in Australia and overseas, with courses attracting students from around the globe. AGSPS also provides education and training programs in Abu Dhabi, China, India (National Police Academy), New Zealand, Indonesia (UNODC), Singapore, Canada and the United Kingdom.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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