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Unit Overview


This unit provides an advanced course of study in a specialised area. In particular, the unit's subtitle is currently The Political Economy of Terrorism.

What do we know about the roots and motivations of extreme, violent groups, such as ISIS, the KKK, al-Qaeda, or the Lord's Resistance Army? This course explores modern-day terrorism as one form of large-scale organised violence from a theoretical and especially from an empirical perspective. First, we try to understand when and why terrorism has been successful to varying degrees. Second, we turn to the intimate relationship between terrorism and the media; exploring whether and how news coverage is likely so crucial for terror groups; and what this means for a free press. Third, we consider the role of religion in terror movements and radicalization. Fourth and final, we evaluate counterterrorism strategies, exploring a few successful and unsuccessful cases for which empirical evidence is available.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Business Economics [Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)]

Students are able to (1) acquire skills expected of economists entering professional careers; (2) read, comprehend and critique empirical studies relevant for public policy; (3) apply a range of economic theories to solving current economic problems; (4) demonstrate the capability to write and speak clearly and concisely; and (5) understand the differences between correlation and causality in policy-relevant contexts.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) project; (2) report

; and (3) exams. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Michael Jetter
Unit rules
Enrolment in BP013 Bachelor of Economics
or BH002 Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
or 42670 Master of Economics
or CM002 Bachelor of Economics and Master of Economics
Enrolment in
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
and Successful completion of
144 credit points
Contact hours
workshops: 3 hours per week on a face-to-face basis. Note: Workshops will not be recorded and attendance is strongly recommended.

We will not rely on standard textbooks. Most material will come from research articles. 

  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.