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Postgraduate Course: Terrorism in Global Politics (PGSP11603)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryWhat is terrorism and how does it differ from violent extremism? What causes individuals and groups to engage in terrorist activities? What are the most appropriate responses to such kind of violence? This course draws on a range of case studies to address these and related questions. Case studies include international groups such as Al-Qaeda and ISIS, as well as domestic actors such as the IRA, Boko Haram and the Red Army Faction
Course description The course examines issues related to terrorism and counterterrorism, which have (re)emerged as prominent issues in international relations. It aims to develop students' ability to critically understand and assess a variety of challenges associated with terrorism and their implications for counterterrorism measures. The course addresses debates surrounding the definition of terrorism, the history of the concept and possible causes. Other topics include issues such as gendered terrorism and state terrorism. Different counterterrorist strategies, such as war models, criminal justice models, prevention, and de-radicalisation efforts, are analysed to evaluate ways of addressing terrorist threats. The course will make extensive use of case studies that represent the diversity of issues and questions raised in the course. Discussions will not only explore global terrorism and responses to it, but will also engage with domestic and regional actors (e.g. IRA, White Supremacists) that require different responses.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  30
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Policy brief (1500 words) 30%«br /»
Essay (2500 words) 60%«br /»
Seminar participation 10%«br /»
Feedback The Policy Brief will be returned before the essay deadline to give students feedback on their writing before the next assessment is due.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Develop an advanced critical understanding of principal theories and concepts related to terrorism and counterterrorism
  2. Engage critically with the work of terrorism scholars, and evaluate their arguments
  3. Assess and evaluate competing claims and make informed judgments about complex questions related to the course¿s topics
  4. Demonstrate the ability to present - in written and verbal form -- coherent, balanced arguments surrounding historic and contemporary issues pertinent to understanding controversies related to terrorism and counterterrorism
Reading List
Blakeley, Ruth (2009) State Terrorism and Neoliberalism, Routledge

Jackson, Richard, Marie Breen Smyth and Jeroen Gunning (eds.) (2009) Critical Terrorism Studies - A New Research Agenda. Routledge

Nacos, Brigitte L. (2016) Terrorism and Counterterrorism, Routledge

Silke, Andrew (ed.) (2018) Routledge Handbook of Terrorism and Counterterrorism, Routledge
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills By the end of the course students will have strengthened their skills in:
- Critical analysis and evaluation of evidence.
- Effective formulation and articulation of a line of argument.
- Being able to identify and critically engage with arguments in scholarship and public discourse.
- Effective written communication.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Andrea Birdsall
Tel: (0131 6)50 6974
Course secretaryMs Emilia Czatkowska
Tel: (0131 6)51 3244
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