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PI3567: INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM COUNTERTERRORISM & INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (2017-2018)

Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16


Course Overview

International terrorism and counterterrorism are at the top of today’s agenda – of scholarly debates in International Relations (IR) as well as of policy discussions on international politics. The course focuses on both the (individual and/or structural) causes and different manifestations of terrorism and reviews the debates on how to respond to terrorism not only effectively but also without violating humanitarian principles and international law. The course is interdisciplinary and will provide both an overview on current research on international terrorism and counterterrorism in IR and also with in-depth knowledge of core aspects of the issue.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Eva Herschinger

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either International Relations (IR) (Studied) or Politics (PI) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Course Aims:

International terrorism and counterterrorism are at the top of today's agenda of scholarly debates in International Relations (IR) as well as of policy discussions on international politics. The course examines these debates by focusing, on the one hand, on the (individual and/or structural) causes and different manifestations of terrorism and, on the other hand, by reviewing the debates on how to respond to terrorism not only effectively but also without violating humanitarian principles and international law.

Main Learning Outcomes:

 

1. An understanding of the processes, theories, and empirical regularities of the issues surrounding international terrorism.
2. An ability to employ critical thinking and demonstrate social scientific literacy, including basic quantitative literacy.
3. A capacity to utilize contemporary social science research methods to conduct rigorous research on political phenomena.
4. Effective written communication skills, especially the ability to convey complex concepts and information in a clear and concise manner.
5. An ability to apply abstract theory and research methods to understand contemporary political events and public policies.

Content:

 

The course is split into three sections: First, by looking into historical and current discussions on how to define terrorism, the course not only provides students with a historically attuned understanding of the subject as opposed to the presentism dominating the years since September 11. It also revolves around the central questions of terrorism and counterterrorism, namely: what is terrorism? And can (and should) it be defined? Second, what causes international terrorism? How can it be explained? The course covers the various contemporary theoretical approaches to comprehend the causes of terrorism (ranging from theorizations in sociology or peace and conflict studies to approaches in political science and IR). Finally, what challenges does counterterrorism face? The course examines the responses to terrorism of selected states and international institutions and discusses their effects on global order and states, on international institutions and on societies with a special emphasis on the (changing) relationship between the state and its citizens. Overall, the course aims to provide students with an overview on current research on international terrorism and counterterrorism in IR and neighbouring disciplines but also with in-depth knowledge on core aspects of the issue.

Further Information & Notes

Available only to students in Politics OR International Relations degrees.


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

None.

More Information about Week Numbers


Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 

continuous assessment:

  • Research paper 60% (individual)
  • Group report 25%
  • Presentation 10% (group)
  • Reflection on group work and self-assessment 5% (individual)


Resit: 100% resit.

Formative Assessment

Oral feedback will be provided for participation in tutorials.

Feedback

Written feedback will be provided for continuous assessment work. This will normally be provided within three weeks of the submission date. Oral feedback on class presentations will also be provided where appropriate

Course Learning Outcomes

None.

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