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Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism (Module)

Module description

*Please note that module information is indicative and is subject to change for future academic years.


The course will provide knowledge and understanding of the following:

  •  An understanding of the various approaches to studying terrorism.
  • Terrorism: that is, history, relevant concepts, case studies, and issues. 
  • Counter-terrorism: that is, history, relevant concepts, case studies, and issues. 

Learning Outcomes

This MA provides an advanced foundation and comprehensive understanding of one of the most contested concepts in contemporary discourse, terrorism, and its relationship with relevant and related issues in the field of security studies.  The programme has a number of learning outcomes:

  1. To provide an overview of the theories and paradigms related to the concepts of terrorism and counter terrorism in order to enable students to undertake further research or enter into careers targeted at understanding these issues. 
  2. To develop and nurture the intellectual and analytical skills of each student to enable them to conceptualise theories, approaches and problems linked to terrorism and counter terrorism, gathering information, critically analyse the data and information, critically evaluate risk management options and develop reflexive counter terrorism strategies. 
  3. To develop more specialised knowledge and understanding of terrorism defined from differing disciplinary perspectives. 
  4. Students will emerge with enhanced knowledge about the key concepts and paradigms underpinning the contemporary debate about terrorism and counter terrorism, as well as with a better understanding of what terrorism constitutes, how it works, and how it can be countered more effectively.  

Staff information

Dr. Shiraz Maher*

Dr Alexander Hitchens*



Teaching pattern

For a Full Year 30-credit module, teaching is typically 2 hours per week over two 10 week terms, so 40 hours of teaching, as well as 260 hours of self-study.

Module assessment - more information

Coursework & Exam*

Key information

Module code 7SSWM022

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework written examination/s

Credit value 30

Semester Full-year

Study abroad module No