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PI5520: TERRORISM AND COUNTER TERRORISM (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07


Course Overview

Salient, specific facets of historical and contemporary national, international and transnational terrorism and the problems and challenges these different kinds of terrorism pose for national and international counter-terrorism strategies will be scrutinised.  The debates on the different causes for terrorism (for instance religion, ethnicity, and ideology) and the different theoretical approaches to explain and understand the roots of terrorism will be examined.  Specific facets of terrorism like (female) suicide bombers, ‘lone wolfs’ and ‘home-grown terrorists’, as well as the national and international strategies to counter terrorism, will be critically reviewed.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
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What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

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Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Terrorism – irrespective whether national, international or transnational – and counter-terrorism are at the top of today’s political agenda. The course will deal with a range of salient, specific facets of historical and contemporary national, international and transnational terrorism and the problems and challenges these different kinds of terrorism pose to national and international counter-terrorism strategies. The course examines the debates on the different causes for terrorism in general (for instance, the role of religion, ethnicity, and ideology) and discusses the different theoretical approaches to explain and understand the roots of terrorism. It also focuses on specific facets of terrorism like (female) suicide bombers, ‘lone wolfs’ or ‘homegrown terrorists’ and critically reviews national and international strategies to counter terrorism – such as the ‘Global War on Terror’, profiling or targeted killings. By examining the responses to terrorism of selected states and international organisations, the course discusses in how far these responses are not only effective with respect to countering terrorism but also in how far they have effects on global order and on states, on international institutions and on societies, and in particular on the relationship between the state and its citizens. In that respect, not only contemporary terrorism but also the historical precedents in Western Europe will be discussed.

he format combines five introductory lectures with the simulation of an academic conference in class, including paper presentations, discussants as well as chairing by students. The conference takes place four or five weeks after the last introductory lecture and depending on the number of participants of the course might last one day or one and half day. Students are meant to use the four or five weeks to write their research paper.


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Summative Assessments

1st attempt:  Conference format - one 6000-8000 word research paper (65%), present it at the conference (10%) and write a 500-700 word comment on one research paper (20%). In-class participation is assessed (5%).

 

Resit: 100% examination

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