- Code HIST1209
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of History
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject History
- Areas of interest History, International Relations, Security Studies, European Studies, Politics
- Academic career Undergraduate
- Dr Ben Mercer
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2018
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Terror, terrorist acts and terrorism is as old as human history. Individuals, sects, cults, despotic rulers, revolutionaries, political organizations, independence movements, 'freedom fighters' and modern nation states have for millennia used terror (violence, fear and intimidation) to advance their interests. Despite this, acts of terror when they occur continue to shock and surprise the community, society or nation in which they take place. Each generation it seems views terror and terrorism as something unique, frightening and new.
This course will explore the modern history of terror, terrorism and counter-terrorism. Beginning with the birth of modern terrorism — 'The Terror' of Revolutionary France — it will examine how terror has been used, justified, fought, changed, surged, ebbed and periodically reappeared since 1793. A series of case studies will look at different categories of terror and terrorism: revolutionary terror, anarchist terrorism, nationalist (and anti-colonial) campaigns of terror, and the use of terror methods by modern nation states and those who challenge their power. We will also examine how terror and terrorism is shaped by the transformations of technology and media. Terrorism may appear ubiquitous today, but one should not assume that terrorism itself has changed. This course will explore the continuities, transformation and ironies to be found in the history of terror over the last two centuries.
Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand of how terror and the use of violence to provoke fear and intimidate societies, governments and nations has been employed over the last two centuries.
- Understand the different types and evolving nature of Terror.
- Understand the different theories of terrorism and how the perpetrators of acts of terror have attempted to justify their actions.
- Understand the basics of historical inquiry and historical analysis.
- Use evidence, apply theory, formulate arguments and express their views in both oral and written form.
Indicative Assessment1,000 word documentary evaluation (15 %) [Learning Outcomes 1,2, 4, 5]
2,000 word essay (35 %) [Learning Outcomes 1-5]
Tutorial participation (10 %) [Learning Outcomes 1-5]
Final examination (40 %) [Learning Outcomes 1-5]
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WorkloadTwo hours of lecture and one-hour tutorial per week for 12 weeks (lecture will also be recorded and posted on the course Wattle site). Students are expected to spend an average of 7 hours per teaching week outside these contact hours preparing for tutorials and completing assessment tasks.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Charles Townsend, Terrorism: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press, 2002
There will also be a reading brick containing all tutorial reading. The reading brick will be made available to students electronically via WATTLE.
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Band 1
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery|
|8084||23 Jul 2018||30 Jul 2018||31 Aug 2018||26 Oct 2018||In Person|