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This course looks at how modern terrorism and the threats attributed to radical political thought were experienced and debated in contemporary media, societies and politics. It considers the problems historians face when studying and explaining acts of terror in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The course is designed to provide honours students with an essential understanding of historical contextualization. Comparing various national case studies allows for an analysis of acts of terrorism as a European – even global – phenomenon.
|Session||Second Sub Session||Credit Points||30 credits (15 ECTS credits)|
|Campus||Old Aberdeen||Sustained Study||No|
This course introduces students to political terrorism in its historical dimensions: Nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Europe witnessed increasing numbers of bombings in public spaces and attempts to assassinate leading political authorities. Such acts of violence could be interpreted as realization of radical political thought. Students will examine how acts of terror that occurred in Spain, France, Russia or England challenged notions of national and international security and peace in times of deep-felt political and social change. The course also encourages debate as to how an awareness of the historical nature of acts of terrorism can contribute to an informed analysis of acts of violence against the state and ordinary people in 21st-century societies.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
1st Attempt: 2500-word essay (50%), 1500-word gobbet exercise (30%), presentation of 2 500-word commentaries and responses to other presentation (20%).
Resit: 3000-word essay (60%), 1500-word gobbet exercise (40%).
Seminar group projects.
Formal written feedback is normally provided within 3 weeks. It will focus on specifics of structure, level of critical thinking and other academic attributes. Seminars will include oral feedback during the weeks between provision of written feedback.