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100% Online Course

Bachelor of Social Science with a Major in Security and Counter Terrorism

  • Qualification

    Undergraduate

  • Duration

    3 years full time or equivalent part time

  • Units

    24

  • Start Date

    Mar, Jul, Nov

Overview of the course

Overview of the course

If a career in intelligence and protection is on your radar, consider Swinburne’s Bachelor of Social Science with a Major in Security and Counter Terrorism.

You will learn about the changing nature of security in a post-9/11 world. Topics covered include cybersecurity and the role of technology in contemporary warfare, as well as the major institutions and players in international politics, and strategies for countering violent extremism and radicalisation.

You’ll graduate with an understanding of the complex issues that inform and influence security, terrorism, and human rights, with the skills to contribute to the strategic and operational protection of national security.

This course is not available to international students.

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What are the entry criteria?

Non-Year 12 entry

Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees and degrees). Additional performance criteria and prerequisite requirements may also apply.

Students admitted to the course with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be eligible for academic credit of up to 16 units.

Applicants without a formal qualification but with significant and relevant work experience and appropriate English language skills, or a suitable Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) result, will be considered if they can demonstrate that they can undertake the course with a reasonable prospect of success.

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The University may determine selection criteria and restrictions in respect of courses to apply in addition to these entry requirements.

Year 12 entry

Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification.

VCE Pre-requisites

  • Applicants must meet the associated minimum ATAR score
  • Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL

Being able to obtain an Australian-accredited degree from half a world away, whilst simultaneously applying what I’m learning to real world situations has convinced me that Swinburne Online was the right choice.

Jeffery, Swinburne Online graduate

Course Units

Learning and Communicating Online (COM10003)
Australian Politics (POL10001)
International Politics (POL10002)
Australian Foreign Policy (POL20008)
Dictators and Democrats: Comparative Politics (POL20009)
International Relations and Security Studies (POL20010)
Conflict Resolution (POL20011)
Critical Perspectives on Terrorism (Capstone Unit) (POL30009)
Cybersecurity (POL30015)
Countering Violent Extremism (POL30016)
Introduction to Research Methods (PSY10005)
Sociological Foundations (SOC10004)
Connecting with Culture: Indigenous Australian Experiences (INS10001)

Career opportunities

Career opportunities

  • Customs and Border Protection Officer

    Manage the security and integrity of a country’s borders.

  • Risk Analyst

    Conduct specialist risk analyses of key national operations.

  • Security Advisor

    Provide security insight and advice in private or public organisations.

  • Immigration Officer

    Work to maintain effective immigration control based on the country’s immigration laws.

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Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes

  • Cybersecurity

    Examine the role of technology in the changing nature of warfare.

  • Countering Violent Extremism

    Explore contemporary issues in counter-terrorism such as radicalisation.

  • International Politics

    Gain an understanding of the major institutions, events and issues in international politics.

  • Dictators and Democrats

    Examine the key concepts of Political Science and comparative political systems.

  • International Relations

    Explore the role of the United Nations and the problems associated with global governance.

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On successful completion of this Course students will be able to:

  • Systematically review and critically evaluate research from a variety of sources to inform their knowledge and conceptual understandings in security and counter terrorism
  • Formulate arguments that are fit for purpose and demonstrate an understanding of the relevant theories and evidence in their areas of disciplinary expertise
  • Critically analyse information to generate creative solutions to solve complex problems in the area of security and counter terrorism
  • Define and integrate theoretical principles and apply these in their disciplinary areas of expertise
  • Apply knowledge and skills with responsibility and accountability for their own learning and practice, individually and in collaboration with others
  • Interpret and communicate ideas, problems and arguments in modes suitable to a range of audiences using a range of media
  • Coherently articulate a line of reasoning demonstrating cultural sensitivity and apply a framework to analyse and offer solutions to ethical dilemmas in local and international contexts

Course rules

To qualify for a Bachelor of Social Science (Security and Counter Terrorism), a student must complete 300 credit points comprising of: – Four [4] core units of study in Security and Counter Terrorism (50 credit points); – Eight [8] units of study in the Security and Counter Terrorism major (100 credit points); – Twelve [12] units of study (150 credit points) comprising of a second major or co-major, and/or advanced minor, and/or minor/s, and/or electives. (A maximum of 100 credit points may be taken from non-Social Science/Arts studies). Students also have an opportunity to undertake a WIL Professional Placement A unit of study can only be counted once. Where there are overlaps between majors and/or minors, students in the first instance choose another unit from the list of units available in the major/minor. Please note: After Semester 2, 2015, Careers in the Curriculum will no longer be offered at Swinburne. This unit was previously compulsory for all undergraduate students. It will not be replaced by another unit. Professional Placements Professional Placements are subject to a competitive selection process. International students may be eligible for a Professional Placement where a relevant Professional degree exists. International students who successful gain a placement through the selection process will be required to change courses to the relevant Professional degree, in order to complete a placement and should consider any visa and extended study duration implications prior to applying. Students who undertake a 12 month professional placement are subject to the following course rules and must complete 375 credit points comprising: – Four [4] core units of study in Security and Counter Terrorism (50 credit points); – Eight [8] units of study in the Security and Counter Terrorism major (100 credit points); – Four [4] units of study from the Professional Placement Co-Major (100 credit points); and – Ten [10] units of study (125 credit points) comprising of a second major or co-major, and/or advanced minor, and/or minor/s, and/or electives. (A maximum of 100 credit points may be taken from non-Social Science/Arts studies). Students who elect to undertake a 6 month professional placement are subject to the following course rules and must complete 325 credit points comprising: – Four [4] core units of study in Security and Counter Terrorism (50 credit points); – Eight [8] units of study in the Security and Counter Terrorism major (100 credit points); – Two [2] units of study from the Professional Placement Minor (50 credit points); and – Ten [10] units of study (125 credit points) comprising of a second major or co-major, and/or advanced minor, and/or minor/s, and/or electives. (A maximum of 100 credit points may be taken from non-Social Science/Arts studies).

Volume of Learning
The Bachelor of Social Science (Security and Counter Terrorism) consists of 300 credit points. Units normally carry 12.5 credit points. A standard annual full-time load comprises 100 credit points and a part-time load comprises 50 credit points. The volume of learning of the Bachelor of Bachelor of Social Science (Security and Counter Terrorism) is typically 3 years. For students who complete a Professional Placement the Bachelor of Social Science (Security and Counter Terrorism) consists of 325-375 credit points. Units normally carry 12.5 credit points with placement units carrying 25 credit points each. A standard annual full-time student load comprises 100 credit points, and a standard part-time load comprises 50 credit points. The volume of learning of the Bachelor of Social Science (Security and Counter Terrorism) with a 6 month placement is typically 3.5 years. The volume of learning of the Bachelor of Social Science (Security and Counter Terrorism) with a 12 month placement is typically 4 years.

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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

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  • Do I have to purchase learning materials?

    For students undertaking a degree, most of your learning materials are included with a free license provided to you by Swinburne Online. However, in some cases, you will be notified via your student email that you will need to buy specific software or eTexts. For TAFE Business students, all of your learning materials will be available online and are covered by your course fees. You won’t need to purchase any further materials.

  • Which units should I start with?

    When you enrol to study a degree with us, you will nominate how many units you would like to select per teaching period, based on a recommendation from one of our Course Consultants. From here, our enrolments team will allocate you automatically to the units they feel will be best suited to your needs, so you don’t need to worry about choosing units. If you want to choose something different than what you are allocated to, that is no problem, just get in touch with our Student Advisors and they will take care of it for you.

  • Do I need to be logged on to study at specific times?

    You won’t normally have to be online at a specific time. Your course material is available for you from the beginning of each teaching period and you can work through it in the hours that suit you.

    There are some live webinar sessions that run approximately once a month. These are a special opportunity for students to sign in at the same time as their tutors, normally before an assessment deadline. It gives you the chance to ask any questions relating to the assignment in real time and hear other student’s questions and thoughts. We understand that students won’t always be able to make these sessions, so they can be replayed the next day.

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