- Code POLS4027
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Political Science
- Areas of interest International Relations, Political Sciences, Human Rights, Politics
Terrorism, in the contemporary study of International Relations and Security Studies is a congested area of analysis. This has resulted in a growing program of study to understand this phenomenon and its place in today’s international system. This course examines the principal issues associated with modern international terrorism and efforts to counter it. The objective of the course is to provide the student with a broad understanding of international terrorism, and to enhance the ability to engage knowledgeably in discussion and debate on the subject.
The course considers a wide range of questions to provide students with a deeper understanding of the threat of terrorism today. Among the questions it examines are:
- What is terrorism?
- How has the threat of terrorism changed over time?
- What motivates different types of terrorist groups?
- When does terrorism succeed and fail?
- How can terrorism best be fought?
Specifically, the course will analyze both terrorism’s effectiveness as a means to achieve political change and the challenges faced by the liberal democratic state in responding to domestic and/or international terrorist campaigns.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- demonstrate an historical familiarity with the origins and uses of terrorism and its re-emergence at different times in different locales;
- demonstrate a critical awareness of the key concepts and attempts to theorize terrorism and counter-terrorism in history, most especially in the modern period. Within this, the student will be able to demonstrate a knowledge of the role of terrorism as a common, if not universal, feature of state formation;
- comprehend, as IR and Strategic analysts, the need to contextualize terrorism so that both an intellectual understanding and sound policy advice (if required) might emerge. This is not to apologise for terrorism but to plead the case for the understanding which must precede all discussion of it; and
- reflect critically on arrangements conducted in the name of counter-terrorism which are currently at the core of national security in general and numerous wars and/or interventions more particularly.
- Participation (15) [LO 1,2,4]
- Article reviews, 6 x 400 words each for a total of 2400 words (5% each) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Research Proposal, 500 words (5) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Research Paper, 2500 words (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 24 hours of seminars over 12 weeks; and
b) 106 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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