Master of International Relations

The September 11 attacks, Bali bombings and home-grown operations in London and those thwarted in Australia, have increased the significance of understanding terrorism and political violence. The Counter-Terrorism and Political Violence stream within the Master of International Relations provides an understanding of what terrorism is and how it is constructed and reproduced, and offers a rigorous course of study that evaluates these multifaceted phenomena.

It also addresses the diverse and multifaceted actors involved in enacting and preventing terrorism and other security concerns. The range of studies includes units on terrorisms (state, religious, revolutionary and right wing); the political, theological and intellectual bases of terrorism; political violence and political movements; and country and regional studies.

Theoretical and empirical units that examine the international processes and events that fuel and discourage terrorism provide further context for students. The course is designed for students who wish to pursue graduate study in these areas and professionals working in law enforcement, public service, defence and diplomacy.

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