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IR3031   Globalisation and the War on Terrorism

Academic year(s): 2024-2025

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: Wed 10am

This inter-disciplinary module introduces students to various conceptual frameworks for thinking about the war on terror in an age of globalisation, along with a range of empirical case studies designed to illustrate these theoretical debates. A selection of readings is provided, ranging from international relations to other contributions from sociology, criminology, philosophy, history and political science. Theoretical issues examined include globalisation as a new security paradigm; the notion of a globalised War Risk society; the clash of civilsations vs. the continued relevance of realism; and re-defining what 'war' means in the war on terror. Case studies comprise NATO's transformation; war on Iraq; and emerging non-military attempts at global governance in controlling terrorism.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass IR2006

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 1-hour lecture (x 10 weeks), 1 x 1-hour tutorial (x 10 weeks), 2 consultation hours with Coordinator (x 12 weeks). 2 hours examination feedback in week 1 of following semester.

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 278

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr L J Mills
Module teaching staff: Dr Laura Mills

Intended learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the strategic context, perspectives, policy outcomes, and theoretical implications of the war on terror.
  • Demonstrate an ability to approach theoretical debates and empirical case studies in the war on terror with diverse critical analytical and evaluative tools.
  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of the complexity, controversy, and conceptual ambiguity involved in waging the war on terrorism.
  • Demonstrate the ability to closely read and critically examine a range of texts and ideas.
  • Demonstrate the ability to formulate and articulate coherent, complex arguments in written and oral forms
  • Demonstrate the capability to pursue intellectual questions in a rigorous and academic manner, employing critical thinking, analytical and research skills.