SC6052 - Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism (2023/24)
|Module approved to run in 2023/24
|Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
|Credit rating for module
|School of Social Sciences and Professions
|Total study hours
|Running in 2023/24(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
The aim of the module is to examine the debate over of the origin of a variety of forms of ideological, nationalist and religiously motivated violence in the form of 'terrorism'. You will examine the contemporary range of counter terrorist agencies and policies in the national and international context. You will develop a deep critical understanding of the ways in which meanings are constructed and how these impact on social life.
Prior learning requirements
Available for Study Abroad? YES
The syllabus will include coverage of topics such as those listed below.
- Introduction to the concepts, definitions and problems: What is ‘terrorism’? this session explores key concepts of ‘terrorism’. (LO1)
- History of terrorism: this session explores the historical account of terrorism. (LO2)
- Terrorism and Legislation: this session explores the various efforts to define terrorism in various conventions and law. (LO1, LO4)
- State terrorism: this session critically evaluates state-sponsored terrorism. (LO3)
- War on Terror - Counter-Terrorism strategies and policies: this session explores the focus of UK counter terrorism policy and practical counter terror measures. (LO4)
- Contemporary examples: these sessions explore different examples of terrorism such as Islamic Terrorism, Far Right Terrorism and specific country examples. (LO3,4)
- Problematising gender and terrorism: this session explores the link between gender and terrorism. (LO1,2,4)
- Theoretical understanding of terrorism and challenges researching terrorism: this session examines key theoretical explanations for why terrorist acts are committed and the challenges researching terrorism (LO1,2)
- Assessment workshop: assists you with expressing and defending, orally and in writing, and evidence-based arguments (including Harvard referencing) (LO 1,2,3,4).
Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity
Each week, this module will be delivered through a one-hour lecture, and a two hour seminar or workshop. The reading and workshops will be supported by weblearn and you will be encouraged to engage in debate, presentations and web materials as well as attending lectures and seminars.
On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:
- Understand and critically evaluate the social construction of the concepts of terrorism, abuse and vulnerability.
- Describe and analyse the ideologies, strategies and tactics of state terrorism
- Produce a case study of non-state or state terrorism.
- Evaluate the legitimacy and effectiveness of counter terrorism policies, strategies and operations.
There will be a 3000 word essay. This assessment will assess all of the learning outcomes (ILOs 1-4) by requiring significant reading, demonstrating your understanding and, if aiming for higher marks, to engage critically with the issues addressed in the module.