- 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 UGRD
- Dr Ben Mercer
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2021
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Terror, terrorist acts and terrorism are 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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- critically analyse how terror and the use of violence to provoke fear and intimidate societies, governments and nations has been employed over the last two centuries;
- demonstrate an understanding of the different types and evolving nature of terror;
- evaluate the different theories of terrorism and how the perpetrators of acts of terror have attempted to justify their actions; and
- use evidence, apply theory, formulate arguments and express their views in both oral and written form.
- 1,000 word documentary evaluation (15) [LO 1,2,4]
- 2,000 word essay (35) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Tutorial participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Final examination (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Lecture Responses (4 x 200 words) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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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 tutorial and tutorial-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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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