The programme is designed to explore terrorism and political violence as perpetrated by both state and non-state actors. You analyse the implications of international terrorism for the security of individuals, societies, states and the international system, along with the measures taken by states to deter political violence.
Teaching in the programme is offered by world-leading specialists in traditional and critical approaches to the study of terrorism and its implications. The programme equips you with a range of research-based and more practical skills, and offers a springboard for careers in government, international organisations, journalism, the security sector and advocacy groups. It also gives you the resources to go onto further study in the field.
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time (90 ECTS credits) or 2 years full-time (120 ECTS credits).
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- the phenomena of terrorism and political violence as perpetrated by both state and non-state actors
- the implications of these phenomena for the security of individuals, societies, states and the international system
- the use of terrorism and political violence by state and non-state actors and the measures taken by states and international organisations to deter terrorism
- the various concepts involved in the study of terrorism and political violence, and the various theoretical and methodological approaches deployed by social scientists from various disciplines to study these phenomena (with reference to international relations, you will develop an understanding of contemporary approaches to international relations theory. With reference to sociology and criminology, you will develop an understanding of contemporary approaches to social theory and criminology).
- the key literature relating to terrorism, counter-terrorism and security
- how to design and write a substantial scholarly paper that demonstrates familiarity with key academic and professional conventions (MA only).
You develop intellectual skills in:
- applying the skills needed for academic study and research, including gathering, organising and deploying evidence, data and information in a variety of primary and secondary resources, and identifying, investigating, analysing, formulating and advocating solutions to specific problems
- the ability to critically evaluate existing research outputs, including secondary texts and monographs, scholarly articles, statistical data, policy documents, internet sources and media material
- the ability to synthesise information from a variety of sources to gain a coherent understanding of concepts, theory, methods and practice, and construct reasoned and persuasive arguments in response to these data, methods and theories
- the ability to compare and contrast the methods used by scholars from various disciplinary backgrounds
- the ability to relate scholarship to policymaking.
You gain subject-specific skills in:
- the ability to evaluate the effectiveness of terrorism and counter-terrorism strategies
- the ability to critically compare the theoretical and methodological approaches taken by scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds in their study of terrorism and security
- the ability to assess the relationship between academic work on terrorism and security with policymaking and the counter-terrorism practices of states, and compare these across states and regions of the world
- the ability to develop skills in locating, accessing and evaluating primary sources relating to terrorism and security
- the ability to demonstrate an understanding of how the subjects studied relate to the origins and evolution of international political systems and to changes underway in international politics
- the ability to contextualise concepts such as terrorism and ‘the war on terror’ against the wider backdrop of contemporary social theory
- an awareness of the epistemological issues relevant to research in the social sciences, including the major theoretical and epistemological debates in the social sciences, as they bear on political theory and practices of resistance.
You gain the following transferable skills:
- the ability to develop effective and persuasive communication skills and fluency in both spoken and written work intended for a wide audience, both lay and academic
- the ability to reflect on your own performance and learning and make appropriate use of constructive feedback from tutors and peers
- the ability to take responsibility for your own study and research
- effective time management and the appropriate prioritisation of workloads and deadlines
- develop your IT skills for information retrieval and research.
This programme aims to:
- offer you a unique programme which incorporates research-led teaching from various disciplines within the social sciences
- develop teaching in response to the advance of scholarship and the needs of the national and international community
- prepare you for further postgraduate study by research, or for careers in public service, the professions, international organisations and NGOs
- develop your critical, analytical problem-based learning skills and the transferable skills to prepare you for graduate employment or further postgraduate study by research
- develop your competence in applying theories to specific case studies
- develop your knowledge of terrorism and political violence by both state and non-state actors
- develop your study and research skills in relation to key debates in the subject areas
- provide you with opportunities to develop individual and collaborative research and presentation of work, both in oral and written form, of material that engages with key debates within various disciplines on the phenomena of terrorism and political violence, and the implications of these phenomena for various state and non-state actors
- develop your research and personal skills further through a specialist dissertation (MA only).