Module code: POL3066

Module provider


Module Leader

GILLESPIE C Mr (Politics)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 6

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY (2,000 WORDS) 50%
Examination SEEN EXAM (2 HOURS) 50%

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

The module is concerned with understanding the source, practice, effect and response to terrorism in the modern world.  In particular, the objective is to provide students with a clearer understanding of how and why terrorism exists and how other political actors respond to it.

Module aims

Consolidate and develop students' knowledge of terrorism, seen through a critical lens.

Enable students to explore a topical issue in a structured academic environment

Introduce key literature to students.

Use a wide variety of methods to illustrate both theoretical and practical dimensions of the relevant materials to students

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Critically apply theoretical literature to historical examples of political violence and terror. CKTP KCPT
Conduct and present independently researched academic work.CKT KCT
Analyse and critically evaluate the phenomena of terrorism and counter-terrorism. CKTP KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Definitions of terrorism and the function of the label

Terrorism, counter-terrorism immigration, ‘suspect communities’, xenophobia  and Islamophobia
State and state-sponsored terrorism
Causes of political violence and terror: the role of religion and ideology, radicalization, youth bulges, deprivation and marginalization
How political violence and terror ends: socio-economic and political change, negotiation and coming out of terrorism
Media representations, popular culture and the framing of public perceptions
Counter-terrorism: legislative responses, and state measures: the ‘battle for hearts and minds’; effectiveness – the human rights perspectives and lessons learned?
The War on Terror
Gender, political violence and terror
Critical approaches versus orthodox approaches

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Introduce students to a new topic, and provide room for student-led discussion of the topic.


The learning and teaching methods include:


·         lecture 1x11

·         seminar 1x11

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

Students are required to select their own essay titles and provide a title and an abstract for this prior to commencing essay writing. This requires them to engage with the course content and think through the topic they select at the beginning of the course. The seen exam is also provided at least two weeks in advance so students have an opportunity to review three topics in detail prior to the exam. Guidance is provided on model exam answers.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         Essay of 2000 words

·         Seen exam (2 hours)


Formative assessment and feedback

Students will receive written feedback and additional verbal feedback in meetings on their essay title and abstract, verbal feedback in seminars and one to one feedback at pre-arranged tutorial meetings on request. Lectures are interactive and feedback is provided there also. Writtten comments are provided on the actual essay and in feedback proformas and these returned to students prior to the seen exam.

Reading list


Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.