Critical Perspectives on Terrorism (L4110A)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

This module takes an interdisciplinary approach to investigate critical perspectives on terrorism by drawing upon a range of important theories from across the disciplines of terrorism studies, sociology, criminology, social psychology, and others. Within the lectures and seminars, we will discuss both established and emerging (primary) research in the field in order to explore a range of contemporary issues within the study of terrorism. We will ask such questions as, what does radicalisation mean? And how and why do people become radicalised?

We will explore the interesting relationships that develop between petty and street criminals and terrorists within the ‘new crime-terror nexus’, the existential attractions of violent extremism, the use of the internet by terrorists and how we can begin to disrupt them, and, more generally, counter-terrorism approaches and policy. The topics studied will change every year to reflect and keep up with important developments in the field.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 270 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.