- Code POLS3036
- 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, Policy Studies, Political Sciences, Security Studies, Politics
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Michael Zekulin
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2021
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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 in order to provide students with a deeper understanding of the threat of terrorism today. Among the questions it examines are:
How has terrorism evolved over time as a mode of political violence?
What are the defining features of modern terrorism, including ideological principles, political motivations and organisational structure?
What are the challenges associated with modern counter-terroism responses?
Specifically, the course will analyse 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:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- critically analyse the structure, evolution, and dynamics of international terrorist organisations;
- analyse the issues pertaining to radicalisation;
- apply the various analytical frameworks of terrorism and counter-terrorism strategies; and
- demonstrate sound research, writing, and oral presentation skills.
Indicative AssessmentTutorial Participation (10%). Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4.
Terrorist Group Profile, 1250 words (15%). Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 4.
1 Research Paper, 2500 words (40% ). Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4.
1 Final Exam (in-class), 1000 words (35%). Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3.
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsRussell Howard and Bruce Hoffman. Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Understanding the New Security Environment (4th ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2012.
Stuart Gottlieb. Debating Terrorism and Counterterrorism (2nd ed.). Washington DC: Sage Publishing, 2014.
Other readings as assigned available on Wattle.
Gottlieb, Chapter 3: Can Terrorism Ever Be Justified? Pp. 69-100.
Howard and Hoffman: Chapter 1.2, Ahmad and Barsamian, “Terrorism: Theirs and Ours,” (pp. 34 – 41).
Transnational Terrorism, Security and International Law, (2008), “Introduction” and Chapter 2 “Defining Terrorism,” pp. 1 – 33. Available online at http://www.transnationalterrorism.eu/tekst/publications/WP3%20Del%204.pdf.
Alex Schmid. (2004). Terrorism – The Definitional Problem. Journal of International Law, 36: 2, p. 375-419. [Available online].
Jeff Goodwin. (2006). A Theory of Categorical Terrorism. Social Forces, 84: 4, pp. 2027-2046. [Available online]
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|6130||26 Jul 2021||02 Aug 2021||31 Aug 2021||29 Oct 2021||In Person||N/A|