Undergraduate | MAQ-PICX2015 | 2024
Terrorism and Counterterrorism in the 21st Century
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Explore the range of law enforcement and societal response options available to governments. Understand terrorism as a strategy and as a tactic, recruitment and group dynamics, narratives and the role of global media, and cyber terrorism.
Terrorism and Counterterrorism in the 21st Century
About this subject
On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:
- Identify the relationship between violence, extremism and terrorism in the 21st century
- Identify the differences between political, religious, and ideological forms of terrorism and violent extremism, and how they have emerged over the past century.
- Critically evaluate how the concept of terrorism is used in security discourse in the 21st century.
- Explain and evaluate the range of hard and soft responses to terrorism and violent extremism available to liberal societies.
- Evaluate how states and societies can respond to terrorism and violent extremism in an effective, balanced and ethical manner.
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of processes of radicalisation to violent extremism and how these relate to new media technologies and the internet.
- Demonstrate critical analysis skills through the completion of assessable research tasks.
- Terrorism and political violence
- Terrorist recruitment and group dynamics
- Global media
- Cyber and terrorist narrative
- Radicalisation and deradicalisation
- State responses to terror threats
- Policing and intelligence
This subject provides a critical introduction to the causes, strategies, and tactics of terrorists and violent extremists in the twenty-first century, and some possible solutions to these problems. It explores the global origins and history of terrorism as a means of political coercion, evaluates the effectiveness of terrorism as a strategy, and examines how terrorism and violent extremism are changing in the twenty-first century. Attention will be given to case studies looking at various religious, political, and far-right and far-left ideological terrorist and violent extremist organisations. By the end of this unit, students will gain an understanding of the dynamics that underpin twenty-first century terrorism and violent extremism, as well as evaluate both hard and soft approaches to countering these. Special attention will be focused on the sources of successful and ethical countering strategies; understanding mechanisms of radicalisation to and from violent extremism; evaluating proportionate state response to terror and violent extremist threats; and assessing the role of new technologies such as social media on how terrorist groups operate.
- Critical Review (30%)
- Online test (20%)
- Research Essay (50%)
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