Terrorism in Global Politics

Course NameTerrorism in Global Politics
Course CodeIRS383 / IRS683
DescriptionThis course is designed in a way that will enable the student to master the content of Terrorism in Global Politics and critically assess it through a comprehensive theoretical toolkit. The course accommodates positivist and post-positivist approaches equally. The course provides a broad understanding of what is terrorism, why groups like al Qaida, the Islamic State (IS) and Boko Haram are designated as terrorists, but other militant groups are not. The course looks at and critically examines counter-terrorism strategies, the global War on Terror (WoT) and the makeup of international military coalitions. The role of international organizations like the United Nations (UN), states and institutions as well as of the legal frameworks in combating terror is explored. The course particularly focuses on the history and reasons of terrorism, the notion of Islamic terror and different states’ role in supporting terrorism to achieve their domestic and international objectives.
Learning OutcomesUpon completion of this course, students will be able to:
– Fully comprehend the content of Terrorism in Global Politics;
– Understand and efficiently utilize various theoretical approaches;
– Grasp the role of institutions, ‘governmentality’ in combating or supporting terrorism; explore the history and identify reasons of terrorism;
– Develop critical thinking; – Refine their research/ academic writing skills;
– Interpret and analyze relevant data.
SchoolSchool of International Relations and Diplomacy (IRD)
LevelBachelor / Master
Number of credits (US / ECTS)3 US / 6 ECTS