Terrorism, Crime And Global Security MA

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This course offers you the opportunity to combine the advanced study of terrorism, transnational crime and global security through flexible, distance learning.

This course will allow you to acquire specialist expertise as well as a critical understanding of current research, advanced scholarship and current problems regarding terrorism, transnational crime and global security.

Through the programme you will also acquire specialist knowledge which will provide you with opportunities for career and personal development. Currently, no other MA programme in the UK offers such a rigorous programme in distance learning format. This unique programme enables you to structure your learning, and the development of transferable vocational and research skills, into the demands of your work and domestic lives.

On-line learning provides you with the control over where and when you study. Our staff are highly experienced in the teaching and utilisation of knowledge from the fields of sociology and political science, as well as practised in the development and delivery of virtual teaching and learning. You will receive guidance and support through the virtual learning process as you gain confidence and knowledge.

Course Fees and Finance

The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 60 credits in your first year of study and the other 120 credits, split equally over your second and third years of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay a fee of £2,040 for your first year in 2017/18. The fee for your second and third year of study will be broadly the same, except that an inflationary uplift may apply.* You will be invoiced for the modules that you register for each year, so if your study pattern is different from the expected pattern, you will pay more or less each year accordingly.

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

* The fees listed are for the 2017/18 academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an inflationary uplift.

Alumni Discount: If you have previously completed an undergraduate degree with us, you may be entitled to 15% off your course fee for any subsequent postgraduate taught course. For further information please contact Graduate Relations.'

Postgraduate Loans:

Providing you are studying towards a full Masters qualification you may be able to apply for a loan of up to £10,280 to help with tuition fees, maintenance and other associated costs. You won't have to start repaying the loan until you are earning more than (currently) £21,000 per year.

Course content

Crimes of the Powerful: Corporate, white collar and financial crime

This module provides a comparative and transnational analysis of the historical development and recent growth of corporate, white collar and financial crime. In the past these crimes have been dealt with within the conceptual context of 'white collar crime' but it is increasingly recognised that the globalisation of criminal activities presents unique and unfamiliar problems. Corporate and financial crimes are now almost by definition transnational by virtue not only of the growth of transnational legal and illegal business but also because of the globalisation of financial markets via the internet.

This module will, therefore, look at the main social actors, processes and interactions by which corporate, white collar and financial crimes are perpetrated, the ways in which they are criminalised, the business ideologies which deny their criminality, the links between the 'underworld' and the 'overworld' of business, and the means by which corporate crimes are dealt with within national and international law.

Crime against humanity: State crime, war crimes and transnational terrorism

This module provides a comparative and transnational analysis of the historical and recent development of state crime, war crimes and transnational terrorism. In the past these 'crimes' have not been seen as part of the established canon of criminology but more recently they have been identified as an area of increasing importance. Traditionally 'crime' has been associated with highly visible and socially harmful acts carried out by individuals and small groups. However, corporate and state crime are crimes carried out by large and powerful organisations which are generally transnational in scope or scale.

Terrorism

This module provides students with the systematic theoretical and empirical study of old and new types of terrorism and political violence. The module commences with the analysis of theoretical and ideological approaches towards terrorism and an investigation of the historical context, causes and effects of old terrorism.

The module also covers types of new terrorism with a focus on terrorism in the twenty-first century from national, regional and international perspectives. Moreover, policy responses to terrorism and counter terrorism and their relationship with human rights will form part of this module. Using continuously updated case-study material, the final section of this module will enable students to theoretically contextualise current terrorist incidents and equip them with a methodological understanding of how to conduct research into terrorism.

International Security

This module explores the changing nature of security studies from origins in the study of military strategy.

Topics include:

  • The theories of Sun Tzu and Clausewitz, war as policy and the importance of strategic theory, interwar theories of strategic bombing and the experience of the Second World War: Douhet and Trenchard and vulnerability of the state

  • Theories of deterrence and the nuclear age, political realism and nuclear weapons, Wohlstetter, Kahn and Schelling, the evolution of NATO strategy, theories of arms races and arms control.

  • Peace Research as critique and alternative perspective, Wright, Richardson and Galtung and North-South security issues

  • Post-cold war security, the 'new security architecture' in Europe. NATO, Partnership for Peace and OSCE, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction: State and non-state threats. and critical security studies.

Terrorism, Crime and Global Security: Postgraduate Dissertation

Students will select a topic in consultation with tutors; define the parameters of their chosen project; select appropriate research methods; and undertake independent research to produce a dissertation which makes a contribution to knowledge-production in the area of sociology.

Graduate destinations

The MA provides a curriculum which is suited to those seeking employment or further study in relation to careers in law enforcement, policing, customs and excise, the security industry, international governmental and non-governmental institutions, national foreign, security or defence ministries, and internationally oriented organisations of many types.

MA Award
September Start
Part-time, Distance Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

2.2 Honours degree or above, or relevant professional experience

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