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Bachelor of Social Sciencewith a Major in Security and Counter Terrorism

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Course guide

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  • Qualification

    Undergraduate

  • Duration

    3 years full time or equivalent part time

  • Units

    24

  • Start Date

    Mar, Jul, Nov

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.

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.

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.

The full Course Information Set and Whole of Institution Set are available for reference.

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  • Career opportunities
  • Learning outcomes
  • 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.

  • 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.

Why study with Swinburne Online?

  • Internationally recognised qualification

  • Ranked among the top 3% worldwide

  • Learn from industry professionals

  • Graduate with an industry standard qualification

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