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Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

PL50750: International terrorism

Click here for further information Credits: 6
Click here for further information Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Click here for further information Period: Semester 1
Click here for further information Assessment: CW 33%, ES 67%
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Click here for further information Requisites:
Click here for further information Description: Aims:
The unit aims to:
* Identify and analyse the main trends in academic and policy debates on international terrorism;
* Study and assess the explanatory power of classical and critical approaches to international terrorism;
* Provide an effective insight into the study of international terrorism through a detailed study of both changes in international terrorism as well as counter-terrorism policies;
* Equip students with a solid basic knowledge of a major sub-field of international relations.

Learning Outcomes:
Students who have successfully completed this unit will:
* Have acquired a good understanding of the basic concepts - such as violence, conflict and terrorism - underlying the unit;
* Have an in depth knowledge of a variety of manifestations of political violence and terrorism;
* Be able to critically discuss different responses to terrorism, situated on a spectrum from legal to political to military measures.

Skills in critical analysis, conceptual thinking, precision in the use of written and spoken language, exercise of independent judgement, reasoned argument, and the planning/conduct/reporting of non-quantitative research are taught and assessed in this unit. Skills in effective learning are developed in this unit.

Part I:
* Concepts and theoretical approaches to international terrorism;
Part II:
* Manifestations of terrorism in different regions;
* Organised crime and international terrorism;
* Religiously motivated terrorism;
* Terrorism with weapons of mass destruction;
Part III:
* International law and counterterrorism policies;
* Political and economic dimensions of international counterterrorism policies;
* The "War on Terror".
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

PL50750 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • THPL-AFM11 : MA Contemporary European Politics (Full-time)
  • THPL-AFM16 : MA Contemporary European Studies: Politics Policy and Society (Full-time)
  • THPL-AFM17 : MA Contemporary European Studies (with transatlantic track) (Full-time)
  • THPL-AFM14 : MA International Politics (Full-time)
  • THPL-AFM15 : MA International Security (Full-time)
  • THPL-AFC14 : PG Cert International Politics (Full-time)
  • THPL-AFC16 : PG Cert International Security (Full-time)
  • THPL-AFL11 : PG Dip Contemporary European Politics (Full-time)
  • THPL-AFL14 : PG Dip International Politics (Full-time)
  • THPL-AFL16 : PG Dip International Security (Full-time)

PL50750 is available for Auditing on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences
NB. Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.