Swinburne University of Technology Online
Swinburne University of Technology Online
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Bachelor of Social Science With a Major in Security and Counter Terrorism

Bachelor Degree

Course description



3 yrs

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Next start date



  • Bachelor of Social Science With a Major in Security and Counter Terrorism is issued by Swinburne University of Technology & is identical to the on-campus degree
  • Learn from dedicated tutors who are experts in their field
  • Support available via phone or email 7 days a week

Campus options

1 campus available

CampusStudy modeDurationNext start date

Online (full time)

Online (part time)

3 yrs

6 yrs


Course details

Entry requirements

Year 12, or relevant academic or work experience

Next start date
3 yrs
Study mode
Education institution
Swinburne University of Technology Online (RTO 3059)
The course price can vary depending on a few factors. To find out more, contact the course provider.
Payment options
Study now pay later – HECS-HELP

Course content

  • COM10003 - Learning and Communicating Online
  • POL10001 - Australian Politics
  • POL10002 - International Politics
  • POL20008 - Australian Foreign Policy
  • POL20009 - Dictators and Democrats: Comparative Politics
  • POL20010 - International Relations and Security Studies
  • POL20011 - Conflict Resolution
  • POL30009 - Critical Perspectives on Terrorism (Capstone Unit)
  • POL30015 - Cybersecurity
  • POL30016 - Countering Violent Extremism
  • PSY10005 - Introduction to Research Methods
  • SOC10004 - Sociological Foundations
You will need to complete 12 electives as part of this course. You can select your units from a range of other Swinburne Online courses

Student reviews of Justice and Law Enforcement courses

Student reviews of Swinburne University of Technology Online courses
Fewer than 5 reviews
Student review published May 2018
CourseBachelor of Social Science (Security and Counter Terrorism)
Completion date2016
Study modeOnline
Limited career opportunities outside of Canberra and not really much assistance for those looking to gain industry experience or work apart from Canberra. I would like to see more career investment from the university into this space.
Student review published August 2018
Completion date2018
Study modeOnline
I enjoyed the Bachelor of Social Science, Criminology. This has allowed me to enter the forensic field in which I hold a passion for.
Student review published July 2018
Completion date2018
Study modeOnline
The course was really interesting. Swinburne and eLas were insightful and helpful. It was really interactive and I felt like I was studying in a classroom. I had a great experience and was able to complete my degree in two years through studying in the summer semester. I would definitely complete further online studies with swinburne and would recommend to anyone considering studying.
Student review published May 2018
Completion date2017
Study modeOnline
I loved studying towards my degree. The course offers students a broad scope of information that can be used to direct future study.
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Entry requirements

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 will be considered if they can demonstrate that they can undertake the course with a reasonable prospect of success.

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.

Further information

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

What you’ll learn

Become trained in:

  • Implications for domestic and international security policy
  • Implications for international trade and policing.
  • Terrorism from a political, historical, sociological and military perspective 
  • Insight into the causes and effects of global terrorism
  • Human rights and the ethical issues surrounding security and counterterrorism policy

Support and delivery

Set your own timetable

This course has a flexible design, meaning you can study anywhere at any time.

There are 3 teaching periods per year, and you can enrol in 1 to 4 units every period.

You should dedicate around 8 hours of study per week to each unit. This includes engaging with learning materials and activities, interacting with other students, readings and assessment tasks.

Possible study loads:

  • Full-time: 8 units per year over 3 years
  • Suggested: 6 units per year over 4 years
  • Part-time: 4 units per year over 6 years

There are study breaks between teaching periods and over Christmas / New Year so you can take time out during your course.

Supportive, Interactive Learning

Many distance education courses simply adapt their face-to-face content for online use. But this isn’t always practical.

With Swinburne Online, your course has been developed specifically for online delivery. Enhance your studies with online communication technologies such as discussion boards, chat sessions, email and blogs.

  • All learning materials included
  • Access your course throughan online learning platform
  • Excellent tutor-student ratio
  • Regular feedback and guidance from eLearning Advisors

In addition, Student Advisors are available by email and phone 7 days a week for any queries you might have around your study.

They can help with admissions, enrolment and re-enrolment, course advice, policies and regulations, academic assessments and technical issues.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Your previous academic experience may count towards your degree through course credit and RPL.

This means you may be able to shorten the duration of your study and complete a degree course sooner, saving you time and money.

Help with Online Study

The Bachelor of Social Science (Security and Counter-Terrorism) includes a foundation unit called 'Learning and Communicating Online'. This unit is handy if you're returning to study after a long time, or if you’re new to online learning.

You'll gain skills in:

  • written and online communication
  • collaborating in individual and group work
  • critiquing and analysing information sources

It's a great way to feel more confident about online study.

Payment options

Study now pay later – HECS-HELP

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

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