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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC3092: Introduction to Terrorism Studies

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following themes:

  1. History of terrorism and the definition debate
  2. Theoretical explanations for terrorism
  3. Radicalization
  4. Terrorist groups
  5. Brief case study: Waves of Al Qaeda
  6. Geopolitical factors
  7. Research methods for the study of terrorism
  8. Terrorism incident databases
  9. Terrorism rates and trends
  10. Counterterrorism implications
  11. Conclusion: Relationship between terrorist group and geopolitical factors

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and teaching activity11Weekly 1 hour lectures where we go over topics and materials
Scheduled Learning and teaching activity113 x 1 hour data analysis tutorials; 8 x 1 hour linked tutorials involving presentations and discussions; revision/prep for exam session
Guided independent study6Lab assignments using statistical tools
Guided independent study122Study tasks directed by the module leader: e.g. 42 hours for class preparation, 25 hours for essay, 15 hours for presentation, 40 hours for the final exam

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).