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IR5901 Fundamental Issues and Structures of Terrorism

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 11
Planned timetable:11.00 am Mon (lecture), 2.00 pm - 3.30 pm and 3.30 pm - 5.00 pm Tue (tutorials)

This module is designed to present core conceptual issues. These issues will include: Terrorism as a field of study - emergence and evolution; Definitional, conceptual, typological and theoretical issues; History of Terrorism; Ideology, Religion and Terrorism; Terrorist Organisations and Campaigns - stand-alone terrorism and terrorism combined with guerrilla warfare and political party work; Terrorism and Democracy - legal and human rights issues; Terrorism and Repression - counter-insurgency and counter-terror; Terrorism and Domestic and International Conflict - asymmetric warfare and humanitarian issues; Terrorism and Crime - linkage and law enforcement issues; Terrorism and Communication - propaganda and psychological warfare. We will cover three structures in relation to these concepts. Inside terrorist organisations and their support groups: Profiles of the most active terrorist groups - case studies. The structure of the international system and international counter-terrorist measures. Victims of terrorism and their national and transnational support organisations.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for the Terrorism and Political Violence Postgraduate Programme - full time mode.

Optional for International Relations MRes Programme

PG Anti-requisite(s):IR5951
PG Modules required for:IR5999

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1-hour lecture, 1.5-hour tutorial per week + advertised office hours, plus online teaching materials.

Assessment pattern

Postgraduate Assessment :Coursework = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr P Lehr
Module teaching staff:Various