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:

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  • Awarded by:

    Swinburne Online

  • Career Outcomes:

    Immigration Officer | Security Officer | Intelligence Analyst | Risk Analyst | Security Advisor | View All

Course Rundown

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.

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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

What You’ll Learn

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.

Why study with Swinburne Online?

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With strong links to industry and a focus on practical skills, Swinburne gives students an edge in the competitive job market. Placing in the prestigious QS Graduate Employability Rankings, Swinburne shapes graduates who are confident and competent in meeting the challenges of a fast-changing world. Over 100 years, Swinburne has educated more than 150,000 graduates in areas ranging from science, technology and engineering through health, education and business to media, design and innovation. Swinburne Online has drawn on more than 20 years’ experience in the online tertiary education space to help over 9,600 students graduate with an industry-recognised qualification.

Student Support

As a Swinburne Online student you’ll have access to a range of support options to help you get the most out of your learning. A dedicated team of Student Advisors are available seven days a week to answer your questions – academic, technical or administrative. You’ll also be assigned an eLearning advisor who will be your academic point of contact for the duration of your course.

Where Will It Lead Me?

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:

How Much Will It Cost?

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.

HECS-HELP 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, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.