PIM74-Terrorism in a Globalising World

Module Provider: Graduate Institute for Politics and International Studies
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Mr Carl Gibson

Email: carl.gibson@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
This course examines central issues and theoretical dimensions in the study of terrorism in a globalising world, including the complex nature of asymmetrical conflict, the evolution of different terrorism types, the internationalisation of terrorism, the phenomenon of suicide attacks, challenges to counter-terrorism and the ongoing war against terror. Particular emphasis is placed on developing interdisciplinary perspectives and critical approaches to the issues discussed.

Aims:
This course examines central issues and theoretical dimensions in the study of terrorism in a globalising world, including the complex nature of asymmetrical conflict, the evolution of different terrorism types, the internationalisation of terrorism, the phenomenon of suicide attacks, challenges to counter-terrorism and the ongoing war against terror. Particular emphasis is placed on developing interdisciplinary perspectives and critical approaches to the issues discussed.

Assessable learning outcomes:
During this module it is intended that students will develop:

  • an understanding of the nature and causes of modern terrorism, and the conceptual and theoretical challenges it poses to the international system;
  • an understanding of the diverse aims, motivations and justifications of contemporary terrorist organizations;
  • a clear appreciation of the impact and effects that terrorism has had on government, the security forces, the media, the public, and international politics;
  • a nuanced understanding of the complexity; controversy and conceptual ambiguity involved in the study of terrorism
  • an ability to approach theoretical debates and empirical case studies with diverse analytical tools.

They will also be able to develop:
  • the ability to collate and evaluate arguments from different sources and perspectives
  • the ability to formulate and articulate views coherently in written and oral forms

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
10 x 2 hour seminars, essays, book reviews, internet research, regular film screenings

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 20
Guided independent study 180
       
Total hours by term 200.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:
There is no final examination

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
1 summative essay of 3,000 words including footnotes and references but excluding the bibliography which will contribute towards 50% of the overall mark, and 1 carry-home test to comprise 1 written assignment, contributing 50% of the overall mark.

Formative assessment methods:
Students giving presentations will receive feedback from the module convenor and via seminar discussion. The seminar discussions provide important opportunities for students to test their views and receive tutor and peer feedback. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the module convenor’s office hours to request further one-to-one feedback on their presentations, seminar contributions, and essay plans

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Assessment requirements for a pass:
50% overall module mark

Reassessment arrangements:
Reassessment is by the original summative assessment method

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding: Students may incur photocopying costs for seminar reading or essay research at 5p per sheet.
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 21 September 2018

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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