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2013/14 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PIED5561M Terrorism

15 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Dr Gary Blackburn

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2013/14

Module replaces

PIED5559M Terrorism and Insurgency

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module introduces the theoretical approaches to the study of and historical experience of terrorism.


On completion, students should be able to:
a) Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the concepts of terrorism, the typology of terrorism, the origins and strategies of terrorists, state sponsorship of terrorism, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction and the formation of public policy to counter-terrorism and provide security.
b) Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the history of terrorism and insurgency in the 20th century and beyond.
c) Be able to appraise competing theories and interpretations of the concept, the origins and dynamics of terrorism, and likewise of insurgency and counter-insurgency.
d) Demonstrate a critical understanding of a range of theoretical and empirical literature on terrorism and security.
e) Use their analytical skills to undertake independent research on topics in this area.

Learning outcomes
Students should acquire an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the history of terrorism since World War II, of modern insurgency and other sub-state conflicts.

Skills outcomes
- research skills, including the skills of accessing relevant information from a range of sources;
- assessing, analysing and criticising information;
- appraising relevant concepts and theories; presenting and communicating effectively the product of independent research.


Theoretical Approaches, Terrorism and the Cold War, Terrorism in Western Europe, Northern Ireland, Terrorism in developing countries, The Middle East, New forms of terrorism and counter-terrorism, Al-Quaeda and the 'war against terror'.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours140.00
Total Contact hours10.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

140 hours researching, preparing for classes and writing essay.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Interaction in seminars.
- Early submission of title/ topic of essay and review of outline by tutor.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3,000 word essay100.00
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: 28/01/2014


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