IR6008 - Terrorism

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module I will analyse how ideas of terrorism have evolved throughout the twentieth century. This module offers me an opportunity to study in some depth the modern terrorism phenomenon and the methods currently being undertaken to counter it. I will focus essentially on two questions: what, exactly, is terrorism and what can be done about it?

How will I learn on this module?

Being a Level 6 module, I will be responsible for my learning. I will attend lectures where I will be presented with the ideas behind these institutions that deal with questions of terrorism (why we have them), how they work (institutions) and what they do (policy). I will also attend seminars where I will build upon my reading for the lectures and where I will discuss what I think are the significance of these international institutions that are charged with preventing terrorism. In the seminars for this module, I will engage with the academic literature on terrorism and will use this literature to understand terrorist atrocities.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

My academic development will be facilitated through engagement with the academic literature and by talking with my peers and academics about my understanding of the literature. I expect to have my notions of terrorism challenged in this module. I will also use seminars and tutorials to further enrich my learning experience.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
At the end of this module I will have learned about:
1. The different approaches to the study of terrorism
2. The nature of specific contemporary terrorist movements and counter-terrorist measures

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
At the end of this module I will be able to:
3. Appraise rival approaches to the study of terrorism
4. Compare the strategies & tactics of different terrorist movements and evaluate a variety of currently practised counter-terror strategies and issues.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
At the end of this module I will have enhanced the following skills:

5. To gather, organise and deploy evidence, data and information from a variety of sources;

How will I be assessed?

Through a process of scaffolding introduced in the lectures and built upon in the seminars, the assignment will assess how successfully I have been able to understand and critique the global political institutions charged with preventing and preventing terrorism that have been introduced in this module. I will have the opportunity to present my work in the seminars and will receive formative feedback from my lecturer on any presentation I might make

The assessment (3,500 word essay) will test the knowledge I have produced within this module. Seminars will be of crucial importance because it is in the seminars where I will have the opportunity to discuss my understanding of the theoretical and policy literature. Again, the lecturer will give me formative feedback on my discussions.

Pre-requisite(s)

none

Co-requisite(s)

none

Module abstract

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Course info

UCAS Code L2L2

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Social Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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