Global Perspectives on Terrorism and Counter Terrorism B

Module code: M6028
Level 6
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Essay

Terrorism is becoming increasingly diffuse and sophisticated in nature and has complex transnational as well as national dimensions which inform the composition of organisations, recruitment of members and supporters, financing, operational activities and the deployment of violence and intimidation. Understanding and countering terrorism could not be more important, and it is a key priority for States across the world, as well as powerful and influential international, regional and sub-regional organizations. Taking a global perspective this module examines contemporary academic, policy, legal and practitioner debates on terrorism and counter terrorism. Students are encouraged to think critically about legislative responses to terrorism and about the roles and responsibilities of different agencies involved in counter terrorism policy and decision-making, including governments, the police, intelligence services and the media. In addition, the module engages with up-to-date and relevant research methodologies and with empirically informed case studies drawn from regions across the world (for example, supporting and protecting victims of terrorism; examining links between organised crime and terrorism; legal responses to far-right terrorism) which demonstrate how research can impact on policy and legal reform. In this way the course aims to prepare students for continued and advanced research in terrorism and counter terrorism and for professional careers for which deeper knowledge and understanding of these fields is desired.

Module learning outcomes

  • Systematically identify and demonstrate a critical understanding of contested concepts relating to terrorism and counter-terrorism
  • Demonstrate critical awareness of current debates related to terrorism and counter-terrorism
  • Draw upon academic research and selected primary and secondary sources in order to develop an argument in support of their interpretation of contemporary state and institutional practice in countering terrorism nationally and internationally