Subject details

Upon fulfilling the requirements of this subject, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. Identify the main types of terrorist events that impact modern society
  2.  Identify the principal actors who pose a terrorist security threat to states both now and over the past century
  3. Critically evaluate how the concept of terrorism is used in security discourse in the 21st century
  4. Explain the range of strategic and tactical response counter terrorism options available to governments
  5. Evaluate how states can respond to terrorist events in an effective, balanced and ethical manner
  6. Demonstrate the ability to produce well structured essays examining key critical debates in terrorism studies
    • Terrorism and political violence
    • Coercion
    • Terrorist recruitment and group dynamics
    • Global media
    • Cyber and terrorist narrative
    • Counter-terrorism
    • Radicalisation and deradicalisation
    • State responses to terror threats
    • Policing and intelligence
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject provides an introduction to terrorism and political violence in the twenty-first century. It explores the global origins and history of terrorism as a means of coercion, evaluates its effectiveness and examines key terrorist organisations and individuals in contemporary case studies. Students will gain an understanding of twenty-first century terrorism as a strategy and as a tactic, terrorist recruitment and group dynamics, the role of global media, cyber terrorism, and terrorist narratives. Special attention will be focussed on the sources of successful and ethical counter-terrorism strategies; understanding mechanisms of radicalisation to and from violent extremism, evaluating proportionate state response to terror threats and exploring global relationships between counter terrorism, policing and intelligence. This subject, together with PICX110, PICX111 and PICX112, provides a systematic introduction to the field of security studies.   

  • Assessment 1 (10%)
  • Assessment 2 (20%)
  • Assessment 3 (40%)
  • Assessment 4 (30%)

Textbook information is pending.

Textbook information is pending.

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