CRITICAL TERRORISM STUDIES - 2021/2
Module code: POL3066
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The module is concerned with understanding the source, practice, effect and response to terrorism in the modern world. In particular, the objective is to provide students with a clearer understanding of how and why terrorism exists and how other political actors respond to it.
GILLESPIE Ciaran (Politics)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 6
JACs code: L252
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes:
Definitions of terrorism and the function of the label
- Terrorism, counter-terrorism immigration, ‘suspect communities’, xenophobia and Islamophobia
- State and state-sponsored terrorism
- Causes of political violence and terror: the role of religion and ideology, radicalization, youth bulges, deprivation and marginalization
- How political violence and terror ends: socio-economic and political change, negotiation and coming out of terrorism
- Media representations, popular culture and the framing of public perceptions
- Counter-terrorism: legislative responses, and state measures: the ‘battle for hearts and minds’; effectiveness – the human rights perspectives and lessons learned?
- The War on Terror
- Gender, political violence and terror
- Critical approaches versus orthodox approaches
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||ESSAY (2,000 WORDS)||50|
|Examination||SEEN EXAM (2 HOURS)||50|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
Students are required to select their own essay titles and provide a title and an abstract for this prior to commencing essay writing. This requires them to engage with the course content and think through the topic they select at the beginning of the course. The seen exam is also provided at least two weeks in advance so students have an opportunity to review three topics in detail prior to the exam. Guidance is provided on model exam answers.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
- Essay of 2000 words
- Seen exam (2 hours)
Formative assessment and feedback
Students will receive written feedback and additional verbal feedback in meetings on their essay title and abstract, verbal feedback in seminars and one to one feedback at pre-arranged tutorial meetings on request. Lectures are interactive and feedback is provided there also. Writtten comments are provided on the actual essay and in feedback proformas and these returned to students prior to the seen exam.
- Consolidate and develop students' knowledge of terrorism, seen through a critical lens.
- Enable students to explore a topical issue in a structured academic environment
- Introduce key literature to students.
- Use a wide variety of methods to illustrate both theoretical and practical dimensions of the relevant materials to students
|001||Critically apply theoretical literature to historical examples of political violence and terror.||KCPT|
|002||Conduct and present independently researched academic work.||KCT|
|003||Analyse and critically evaluate the phenomena of terrorism and counter-terrorism.||KCPT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 128
Lecture Hours: 11
Seminar Hours: 11
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
Introduce students to a new topic, and provide room for student-led discussion of the topic.
The learning and teaching methods include:
- lecture 1x1
- seminar 1x11
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
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Programmes this module appears in
|Politics with German BSc (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Public Affairs MPA||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Politics with Spanish BSc (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Politics with French BSc (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Politics with Creative Writing BSc (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Law with International Relations LLB (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|English Literature with Politics BA (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Politics and Sociology BSc (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Politics and Economics BSc (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|International Relations BSc (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Politics BSc (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2021/2 academic year.