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

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent

  • Start date:

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates

  • Awarded by:

    Swinburne Online (RTO 3059)

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About this course

Learn about the complex world of national security and counter terrorism with this online degree by Swinburne Online. By studying the Bachelor of Social Science With a Major in Security and Counter Terrorism , you will develop analytical and critical thinking skills, and explore topics such as international politics, Australian foreign policy and international relations.

This online course will equip you with the skills and theory to be able to manage risks, develop policies and advise on security issues within a domestic and international framework. You will study terrorism, its causes and effects; and learn about the problems that arise through global governance.

Your comprehensive understanding of these topics will allow you to approach real-world scenarios from a range of perspectives. You will graduate with in-depth knowledge on not just Australia's foreign policy and international partnerships, but also a keen understanding of international events, issues and political systems.


Applicants must meet the following entry requirements to enrol in this course:

  • Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), or its equivalent, including units 3 and 4 in English with a minimum score of 25, and meeting the associated minimum ATAR score; OR
  • Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification; OR
  • Significant and relevant work experience

Areas of study

In this security and counter terrorism course, the subjects you will study include:

  • Learning and communicating online
  • Australian foreign policy
  • International relations and security studies
  • War and peace in the 20th century
  • Australian politics
  • Crisis points: global challenges
  • International politics
  • Dictators, democrats and dynasties: comparative politics
  • Sources of conflict and its resolution
  • Critical perspectives on terrorism
  • Global history
  • History, politics and human rights

You will also need to complete 12 elective units.

RTO 3059
Swinburne Online combines the prestigious name and high-quality education of Swinburne University of Technology with the ease and flexibility of online study. Drawing on over 20 years’ experience in the online tertiary education space, Swinburne Online has already helped over 5,000 students graduate with an industry-recognised qualification. With a range of university degrees and vocational diplomas that cover specialities including education, social sciences, business, design and communication – Swinburne Online is dedicated to helping students achieve their potential.
As a Swinburne Online student, you will have access to variety of support options to help you get the most out of your learning experience. A dedicated team of Student Liaison Officers (SLOs) are available seven days a week to answer any of your questions – be it academic, technical or administrative. You will also be assigned an eLearning advisor for the duration of your course, who will be your academic point of contact.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Bachelor of Social Science With a Major in Security and Counter Terrorism from Swinburne University of Technology.

This industry recognised qualification will give you the education to conduct risk analyses of key national operations, manage border security, and provide advice on treaties and international law matters.

Curious about where a career in security could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Immigration Officer
  • Security Officer
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Risk Analyst
  • Security Advisor
  • Border Protection Officer
  • International Trade Affairs Officer

Payment options & support

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive a government study loan through HECS-HELP.

Swinburne Online also offers a number of scholarships and grants as a means of promoting equality, recognising excellence, and alleviating financial hardship. Enquire now for more information.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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