INRL30370 Terrorism & Political Violence

Academic Year 2023/2024

The concepts of Terrorism and Political Violence loom large in contemporary politics and policymaking but are frequently misunderstood and under-theorised. This module will introduce students to a range of approaches to terrorism and political violence. The first part of the module will explore the history of terrorism and to a diversity of understandings of, and theoretical approaches to terrorism and political violence. The second part of the module will explore a range of topics including: types and causes of terrorism, the state and terrorism, the role of religion, policy responses and the so-called 'war on terror'.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completing this module, students should have an understanding of a diversity of conceptual and theoretical approaches to terrorism and political violence; be familiar with key debates in the literature on terrorism and political violence; be able to analyse and engage with a variety of approaches to the subject; be able to write a structured critical essay on a module topic.

Indicative Module Content:

The History of Terrorism
The Causes of Terrorism
Religion, Terrorism and Political Violence
Terrorism and the State
Gender and Terrorism
Culture, the Media and Terrorism
Counter Terrorism and its Implications
Critical Terrorism Studies and the 'Terrorism Industry'
How Terrorism Ends

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Mix of online and in-class lectures/seminars 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Terrorism & Political Violence (INRL30270)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Continuous Assessment: 2500 word term paper. Week 7 n/a Graded No


Essay: 3500 word term paper Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be provided to students individually within 20 working days of the deadline for the assignment in according with university policy.