*Please note that although all module information is correct for the 2017/18 academic year, it is subject to change for future academic years.
- To study the ‘War on Terror’, broadly encompassing the period from the attacks of 11 September 2001 to the death of Osama bin Laden in May 2011.
- To examine the foreign and security policies adopted by the United States and, to a lesser extent, the United Kingdom (and their allies) during these ten years, and to evaluate their successes and failures.
- To better understand those responses by placing them in context and tracing the evolution of ideas and foreign policy traditions in this unique period.
- To provide a dispassionate analysis of the policy-making process, moving away from polemical and/or self-justificatory accounts of the period, and offering an overview of events based on critical examination of evidence.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to demonstrate:
- In depth knowledge of the pre-history of 9/11 and of the foreign policy traditions existing in London and Washington DC before that critical turning point.
- An understanding of the period known as ‘the War on Terror.
- The ability to place issues of on-going political controversy in context and perspective.
- Critical insight into the balancing of ideas and circumstances in the policy-making process.
- A critical knowledge of the various policy debates and the decisions that were taken during this period.
- A substantive appreciation of the complexities and key issues which defined the period of the ‘War on Terror.’
Dr Barbara Zanchetta*
Typically, 1 credit equates to 10 hours of work. For a one term 20-credit module, this will equate to 20 hours of teaching (2 hours per week) with 180 hours of self study.
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