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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC2112: Introduction to Terrorism Studies

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 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 knowledge of terrorism: the history, as well as rates and trends over time
2. Demonstrate an understanding of data sources used to study terrorism
3. Assess how rates of terrorism differ among groups and across countries
Discipline-Specific Skills4. Demonstrate understanding of key concepts pertaining to political and religiously motivated violence
5. Demonstrate understanding of theories and arguments in the field
6. Demonstrate a familiarity with 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. Demonstrate knowledge of descriptive statistics using quantitative data and statistical tools
9. Demonstrate written analytical skills by producing an essay on deadline