The New World War: Terrorism in the Era of Globalisation

Overview and aims

This module aims to provide you with critical skills in relation to the study of terrorism in the modern era. The course will engage with the primary debates in the field and will address definitional, epistemological and methodological issues raised by the study of terrorism. The module will also outline the historical evolution of modern terrorism in the context of pre- and post-9/11. You will also be given the opportunity to enhance your understanding of the wider contexts of ‘globalisation’ within which modern terrorism takes place, as well as how globalisation impacts on terrorism in a modern context. In addition, a variety of case studies will allow you to pursue more specialist interests, and you will also continue to develop your research skills and have the opportunity to deepen your specialist research interests.

By the end of the course you should be able to distinguish between the various forms of terrorism, understand the role played by globalisation as a trigger and facilitator of terrorism and have an understanding of the major questions and theories related to modern terrorism. The overall aim of the module is to allow you to:

  • critically analyse terrorism and globalisation
  • consider how time and place impact upon how political and structural violence is manifested
  • critically explore fundamental concepts, processes, actors and issues within terrorism and globalisation and understand their connection

Module content

The module aims to cover a range of topics that focus on understanding the context of terrorism in the post-9/11 globalised world.

Module topics

  • Defining and understanding terrorism in a globalised world
  • Root cause of terrorism
  • 9/11 and changing perceptions of terrorism
  • In the name of Who? Understanding religiously motivated terrorism
  • War on terrorism in context
  • Counterterrorism, its impact, and the future of terrorism

Learning outcomes

After studying this module you should be able to:

  • critically evaluate the emergence and development of terrorism studies within international relations
  • critically examine how processes of globalisation impact upon the phenomenon of terrorism
  • critique theories relevant to the study and analysis of political violence covered in this module
  • critically evaluate, synthesise and apply literature on terrorism to produce advanced and systematic analyses of contemporary terrorist groups, incidents and ideologies

This module will help you gain the skills and qualities to:

  • critically analyse, evaluate and reason in academic discussions and the production of academic work
  • systematically collect, organise, analyse and present primary and secondary evidence in oral and written form using e-learning technologies
  • synthesise, in written and oral form, complex arguments and information gathered from different sources, including statistical databases, official reports, novels and literature, film and academic books/journals appropriate to the module material

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