Politics of Terror and Global Histories of Violence (M1014S)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

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.

Teaching

100%: Seminar

Assessment

30%: Coursework (Essay, Group presentation)
70%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 36 hours of contact time and about 264 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 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

Courses

This module is offered on the following courses: