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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Political Terrorism
Module Code LG536A
School School of Law & Government
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Maura Conway
Semester 2: Maura Conway
Autumn: Maura Conway
Module TeachersWalt Kilroy
Iain McMenamin
James Fitzgerald
Maura Conway
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

INACTIVE - The events of 9/11 highlighted not only the destructive capacity of international terrorism, but also its broader impact upon the international system. This course examines some of the key dimensions of international terrorism, both historical and contemporary. It s structured around two central questions: Is it both possible and useful to distinguish between so-called old and new terrorism(s)? Similarly, Is it both possible and useful to distinguish between so-called 'old' terrorism studies and 'new' or 'critical' terrorism studies?

Learning Outcomes

1. Comprehend the difficulties surrounding the definition of terrorism, along with terrorism s historical antecedents, identified types, and purported causes
2. Debate Terrorism Studies current hot topics, particularly the alleged division between old versus new terrorism
3. Compare and contrast states counterterrorism strategies, particularly those developed/amended post-9/11
4. Analyse the range of academic research that has been conducted in this area and the problems with same
5. Critically engage with descriptions and analyses of terrorism/sub-state political violence appearing in the mass media
6. Address them with a high degree of analytical precision in written work

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture1No Description
Seminars1No Description
Total Workload: 2

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Defining Terrorism

Types of Terrorism

Causes of Terrorism

'New' Terrorism vs. 'Old' Terrorism

Islamism, Al-Qaeda and the GWOT

Suicide Terrorism

Terrorism and the Media

Women and Terrorism

Terrorism and/in the Middle East

Governmental Responses and Counter Measures

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentDiscussion Forums30%
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Hoffman, Bruce: 2006, Inside Terrorism, Revised & Expanded Ed., Columbia University Press, New York,
  • Nacos, Brigitte: 2006, Terrorism and Counterterrorism, Penguin Academics, New York,
  • Richardson, Louise: 2007, What Terrorists Want., John Murray, London,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
MISCMA in International Security & Conflict
Date of Last Revision15-OCT-07

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