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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HIST3877 The World of Terror

20 creditsClass Size: 28

Module manager: Professor Simon Ball

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

A new era in global political violence began in the late 1960s with the emergence of so-called ‘modern terrorism’. The World of Terror will analyze the impact of this phenomenon, concentrating on the trends of state reaction and its consequences across multiple polities and regions. The course will focus on the last three decades of the twentieth century.


To analyze the history of modern terrorism using secondary literature and primary sources in English.

Learning outcomes
1. Develop a sophisticated and critical knowledge of the secondary literature on the history of modern terrorism.
2. Understand the different kinds of sources historians use to investigate the history of modern terrorism.
3. Express ideas and arguments effectively and persuasively in writing and in scholarly discussion.
4. Demonstrate a deep and informed understanding of modern terrorism and its consequences.
5. Apply research and analytical techniques to a controversial subject in a manner that betokens competence for tackling similarly challenging topics in the future, whether inside or outside the academy.


The module will cover the emergence of modern terrorism in the late 1960s, and chart the history of its development over the next three decades. The module will consider the responses to, and effects of, terrorism on both high capability states and other, more fragile, actors in the international system.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours178.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Reading and analysis of secondary literature.
Reading and analysis of primary sources.
Research for and writing of graded papers.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

In class presentation on project report will receive verbal and written feedback.
Essay will receive written feedback and tutorial.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3,000 words due by 12 noon Monday of week 960.00
Report2,000 word project report (but not wholly text) due as instructed by tutor40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 15:57:33


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