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Master of Security and Strategic Studies with the degree of Master of Counter Terrorism

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Faculty:
Faculty of Arts
Award:
Master of Security and Strategic Studies with the degree of Master of Counter Terrorism (MSecStrategicMCTerrorism)
Admission Requirement:
• Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent in the social sciences or humanities or related field; or Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent in any field with relevant work experience
• GPA of (4.00 out of 7.00) or overseas equivalent
Required Supporting Documents:
• CV, Academic Transcripts
• Reference letter from employer (if applicable)
• Statement of motivation
English Language Proficiency:
Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent
Study Mode:
Full-time, Part-time
Attendance Mode:
Internal, External
Candidature Length:
Full-time: 2.5 years
Commencement:
North Ryde — Session 1 (February)
North Ryde — Session 2 (July)
External — Session 1 (February)
External — Session 2 (July)
Volume of Learning:
Equivalent to 2.5 years
General requirements:
Minimum number of credit points 80
Minimum number of credit points at 800 level or above 80
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below

In order to graduate students must ensure that they have satisfied all of the general requirements of the award.

Specific minimum requirements:

Credit points

800 level

Required
4
Terrorism (4)
 
Required
4
Critical Thought and Research Design (4)
 
Required
4
Global Counter Terrorism in the Australian Context (4)
 
Required
4
Terrorism Dynamics (4)
 
Required
4
International Policing and Counter Terrorism (4)
 
Required
4
Strategic Thinking (4)
 
Required
4
Geopolitics and Geostrategy (4)
 
Required
4
Transnational Security (4)
 
Required
4
Australia's Strategic and Defence Policy (4)
 
Required
8cp from
 
Simulation in Security and Strategy (4)
 
 
Simulation and Leadership in Counter Terrorism (4)
 
 
 
 
 
or 8cp from
Simulation in Counter Terrorism (4)
 
8
Simulation and Leadership in Security and Strategy (4)
 
Required
24cp from
 
International Security (4)
 
 
Cyber Terrorism and Information Warfare (4)
 
 
History of Intelligence (4)
 
 
Internship (4)
 
 
Cyber Crime (4)
 
 
Intelligence: Theory and Practice (4)
 
 
Intelligence Analysis Platforms (4)
 
 
Supervised Project in Security Studies (4)
 
 
The Crimes of the Powerful (4)
 
 
Advanced Criminology Theory (4)
 
24
Special Topic in Security Studies (4)
 
Required
12cp from
 
Applied Anthropology: Why Does Culture Matter? (4)
 
 
Race, Nation and Ethnicity (4)
 
 
Development Theory and Practice (4)
 
 
Anthropology of Human Rights and Intervention (4)
 
 
Europe, the European Union, and the International System (4)
 
 
The United States, East Asia and the World: Hegemony, Conflict and Rivalry (4)
 
 
Theories of International Relations (4)
 
 
International Relations of the Middle East (4)
 
 
War and Violence in World Politics (4)
 
 
Politics and Policy: An Advanced Introduction (4)
 
 
Studying Public Policy (4)
 
 
Parties, Elections and Campaigns (4)
 
 
Evaluation and the Policy Process (4)
 
 
Activism and Policy Design (4)
 
 
Doing Social Survey Research (4)
 
12
Qualitative Methods (4)
 

TOTAL CREDIT POINTS REQUIRED FOR THIS PROGRAM

80
AQF Level Level 9 Masters by Coursework Degree
CRICOS Code 097436C
Overview and Aims of the Program This degree aims to provide students with in-depth knowledge about the theory and practice of security and strategic studies and counter terrorism; the evolution of Australia’s defence and counter terrorism community; and the emerging domestic, regional and international challenges for security and strategic studies and counter terrorism. It will also equip students with a practical skill set to analyse security/strategic and counter terrorism challenges, based on real world examples. The core units, provided through the Department of Security Studies and Criminology, focus on synthesising the latest developments in security and strategic studies and counter terrorism theory and practices. Electives allow students to focus on other aspects of security, including intelligence, cyber security and criminology.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative


Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Program Learning Outcomes By the end of this program it is anticipated you should be able to:

1. Demonstrate understanding of concepts and theories in the field of security and strategic studies and counter terrorism .

2. Apply disciplinary knowledge to critically analyse and explain real world security/strategic and counter terrorism issues .

3. Transfer, integrate and use disciplinary techniques and methods for problem solving purpose and to develop solutions to real world security/strategic and counter terrorism issues .

4. Apply disciplinary knowledge to analyse and evaluate security/strategy-related and counter terrorism policies.

5. Apply disciplinary knowledge to develop and formulate innovative security/strategy-related and counter terrorism policies.

6. Demonstrate ethically and socially informed judgments on the development and implementation of security/strategy- and counter terrorism -related policies.

7. Communicate disciplinary knowledge to professional and academic audiences.

8. Demonstrate critical thinking abilities and apply them in a strategic and counter terrorism context.
Learning and Teaching Methods The program develops students’ advanced discipline-specific knowledge in the field of security and strategic studies and counter terrorism, as well as a range of analytic, evaluative and communications skills. It then directs them to critically apply their knowledge to real world security and counter terrorism issues.

Students will develop a range of communication skills. These include academic writing skills, presentation skills and report and policy based writing. This reflects a pedagogy grounded in praxis, where theoretical knowledge and research is informed by contemporary experience in order to inform evaluation of security and counter terrorism-related decisions and policies.

Most units involve lecture and discussion classes, or seminars. Most of the units use a blended learning/flipped classroom approach providing students with additional opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills to case studies and debates around existing security and counter terrorism issues and policies.
Assessment The Program Learning Outcomes are tested and assessed during the program using a combination of coursework assignments, academic essays, quizzes, oral presentations, group work, as well as policy briefs. Throughout the program students are given formative assessments and feedback on their progress.
Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see www.mq.edu.au/policy) and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit.


Information can be found at: https://mq.edu.au/rpl

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at www.students.mq.edu.au/support/

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497
Email: campuswellbeing@mq.edu.au
www.students.mq.edu.au/support/wellbeing

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Graduate Destinations and Employability Graduates will be equipped to work in a range of government, non-government and private employment, including:

Department of Defence
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Australian Border Force
International/Regional organizations
Think tanks and policy advising.
Media
Defence and security related business and industry
International Non-Government Organisations
State and federal policing agencies
Federal intelligence services
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit www.mq.edu.au/policy.

Accreditation This is an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) accredited qualification.

Inherent requirements are the essential components of a course or program necessary for a student to successfully achieve the core learning outcomes of a course or program. Students must meet the inherent requirements to complete their Macquarie University course or program.

Inherent requirements for Macquarie University programs fall under the following categories:

Physical: The physical inherent requirement is to have the physical capabilities to safely and effectively perform the activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Cognition: The inherent requirement for cognition is possessing the intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative capabilities to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Communication: The inherent requirement for communication is the capacity to communicate information, thoughts and ideas through a variety of mediums and with a range of audiences.

Behavioural: The behavioural inherent requirement is the capacity to sustain appropriate behaviour over the duration of units of study to engage in activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

For more information see https://students.mq.edu.au/study/my-study-program/inherent-requirements



2019 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Prerequisites:
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
Corequisites:
None
NCCWs:
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148