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Profiling & Psychology of Terrorism (Module)

Module description

This module will give you a deeper understanding of the mind-set and behaviour of violent and extremist individuals or groups. You will explore the main methods of profiling and evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems with subjects of terrorism and violence. Furthermore, you will be exposed to the characteristics of extreme and violent behaviour, and learn how to construct a well-formed and detailed profile of any relevant subject, whether an individual, an organisation or even a whole society, in a matter that will assist in better understanding of the investigated phenomenon and will also allow the prediction of these subjects’ future behaviour.

This module will consist of a minimum of 45 contact hours with teaching taking place between 9 am and 5 pm from Monday to Friday. This is the 2019 timetable but please note that content and timings are subject to change.

Learning outcomes and objectives

By the end of the module, you should have:

  • gained the knowledge of how to relate theory and models of current developments in terrorism and political violence in the world
  • broadened your understanding of the dynamic between social psychology and political aspects in relation to violent and extreme behaviour
  • demonstrated the ability to describe, in written and oral style, some of the questions posed by the challenges to law enforcement and governmental agencies and assess the possible outcomes of these dilemmas.
  • evaluated material related to social, psychological, political or any other aspects that may form the profile.
  • applied given methods carefully to a well-defined problem and appreciated with insight the complexity of the issues and sensitivity in the discipline of profiling and psychology of profiling.

Staff information

Taught by the Department of War Studies, Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy, King's College London


Teaching pattern

  • Lectures
  • Seminars and tutorials
  • Guest lectures
  • Film screenings
  • London walks and visits to key institutions
  • Private study

Module assessment - more information

  • One essay of 3,500 words (100%)

Key information

Module code 5ZSS0144

Credit level 5

Assessment coursework

Credit value Classes can often be taken for credit towards degrees at other institutions, and are examined to university standards. To receive credit for King's summer classes, contact your home institution to ask them to award external credit. This class is equivalent to an undergraduate degree module and usually awarded 3-4 US credits or 7.5 ECTS.

Semester summer session 2

Study abroad module No