What motivates groups or individuals to engage in acts of terrorism?

Criminal Justice

What motivates groups or individuals to engage in acts of terrorism? In facilitating your answer, you should reference specific perpetrators and incidents as examples.

Marking Criteria:

Your assignment will be assessed overall according to how you have:

Answered the essay question
Argued your case based on the evidence/ideas you cite
Expressed your ideas clearly and succinctly and in logical sequence
Critically analysed the relevant literature

Topic 6: Terrorism

This week we continue our examination of the impact and incidence of terrorism. The readings take up some of the issues discussed in relation to financial crime, and how that can be used to fund terrorism and how these are linked with international and organised crime. The reasons behind the rise in terrorist activity, as well as the motivations of terrorists, will be discussed, largely in relation to organised and transnational crime. Key definitions will be provided, and discussed in association with basic concepts. The learning objectives for this week are to:

Define terrorism
Understand what is meant by an ‘terrorism’
Determine what types of activities are involved
Understand links to organised crime
Demonstrate links to other aspects in this unit, particularly –
Drug trade
Financial crime
Understanding the changes in organised crime

Essential Reading

Rane, H. (2019). “Cogent Religious Instruction”: A Response to the Phenomenon of Radical Islamist Terrorism in Australia. Religions. Available from: https://moodle.une.edu.au/mod/resource/view.php?id=2596085
Gilmour, S., & Allum, F. (2012). Routledge Handbook of Transnational Organized Crime pp 234-249. Routledge. Available from: https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.ezproxy.une.edu.au/lib/une/detail.action?docID=957476
Golder, B., & Williams, G. (2004). What is ‘Terrorism’? Problems of Legal Definition. UNSW Law Journal, 272(2). Available from: https://moodle.une.edu.au/mod/resource/view.php?id=2596087