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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC3112: Introduction to Terrorism Studies

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.

Module Aims

This module is an introduction to terrorism studies. We will discuss the major data sources used to empirically examine terrorism, the rates and trends in terrorism cross-nationally, whether groups differ in how they operate, the geopolitical factors that influence terrorism, as well as policy implications

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate good knowledge of terrorism: the history, as well as rates and trends over time
2. Critically assess data sources used to study terrorism
3. Critically assess how rates of terrorism differ among groups and across countries
Discipline-Specific Skills4. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of key concepts pertaining to political and religiously motivated violence
5. Demonstrate detailed understanding of theories and arguments in the field
6. Demonstrate the different methods of research in the field and their implications for relevant policy
Personal and Key Skills7. Engage in group work to prepare presentations for class discussion
8. Analyze quantitative data using statistical tools
9. Demonstrate written analytical skills by producing an essay on deadline