University of Sussex Business School

Politics of Terror & Glob Hist of Violen (M1014S)

Politics of Terror and Global Histories of Violence

Module M1014S

Module details for 2019/20.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

This module situates the rise of the contemporary politics of terror within the global histories of violence that have been part of the making of the international, from colonial settlement and the racial foundations of the modern order, to the deeper historical tensions between Europe and Arabs/Muslims that structure the present. Using interdisciplinary perspectives, it provides an in-depth understanding of historical formations of violence and the relations between state terror, political use of terror and resistance within different configurations of state power, political economies, gender orders, racial regime, colonial formations and anti-colonial struggles. The politics and ethics of violence are examined in relation to the state practices and racializing discourses that have shaped the concepts of terrorism and counter-terrorism. The module concludes by locating the US led global war on terror within these global histories and their competing politics, visions, and struggles over the future of the international.

Module learning outcomes

Develop an historical overview of the global histories of violence that underlie the contemporary politics of terror.

Employ conceptual and theoretical frameworks to analyze the relations between state terror, terror and resistance in different contexts.

Historicize the concepts of “terrorism” and “counter-terrorism” within state discourses and practices.

Position the US led global war on terror within historical perspectives, global power relations and struggles over the international order.

Essay (3500 words)Semester 2 Assessment Week 1 Mon 16:0070.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayT2 Week 7 66.67%
Group PresentationT2 Week 11 (20 minutes)33.33%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring SemesterSeminar3 hours111111111110

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