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PL50750: International terrorism and counter-terrorism

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2019/0
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions 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.


(provisionally allocated staff)
Part I: Overview of terrorism studies
* Concepts and theoretical approaches to international terrorism; (Brett Edwards)
Part II: Typologies of terrorism
* Manifestations of terrorism in different regions; (Wali Aslam)
* Organised crime and international terrorism; (Anna Bull)
* Religiously motivated terrorism; (Scott Thomas)
* Terrorism with weapons of mass destruction; (Brett Edwards)
Part III: Responses to terrorism
* Cultures of vigilance: Societal relationships and response (Bill Durodie)
* Evolution of domestic counter terrorism: UK case study (Sophie Whiting)
* Global responses (Brett Edwards)
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PL50750 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies

PL50750 is available for Auditing on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences