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PEACE045 Global Terrorism: Political Violence in a Global Age 5 ECTS
Period I Period II Period II Period IV
Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Advanced studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
MP in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research
Peace and Conflict Research
Faculty of Social Sciences

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, it is intended you will be able:
1. Interpret the prevailing patterns within global terrorism.
2. Comprehend the complex delineations that exist within the broad rubric of terrorism.
3. Examine how trans-nationalism and globalisation has affected the use of violence and terror.
4. Recognise and comprehend the origins of key terrorist movements and organizations.
5. Evaluate how states have reacted to and managed the problem of terrorism.
6. Assess the theoretical and methodological debates in terrorism studies, security studies and political science broadly defined.
7. Apply key social science concepts and theories when researching and evaluating information, opinions and arguments.

General description

The global geo-political context of terrorism and war is analysed with the central focus directed to the evolution of global terrorism and the forms it has taken in the post WWII and post Cold War era. Terrorism is one of many challenges to the sovereign power of nation-states and the most pressing of the political problems associated with this ‘global crisis’ of terrorism will be evaluated. Students explore this challenge essentially through themes inclusive of terror organizations/movements and their development, the complex relationship between terrorism groups and insurgency movements, and the response of modern nation-states and the international community to various types of terrorist organizations. Students apply critical reasoning to complex issues through independent and collaborative research.

Course Content

The course content will be drawn from but not restricted to:

1. Discussions of the socio-political origin of terrorism as a means of achieving certain ends.

2. The conceptual understanding of different types of terrorist organizations and movements including differences and similarities in sacred and secular terror and the various ideological justifications that have been employed to sanction armed insurgency and terror.

3. Case studies of specific terrorist and insurgency movement in South/South Asia, Middle East and Europe.

4. The public policy response to terror including most significantly the US response to 9/11

5. The relationship between terrorist organizations and the mass media

6. The relationship between national liberation struggles and terrorist organizations

Enrolment for University Studies

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Robert Imre, Teacher responsible


9-Jan-2019 – 13-Mar-2019
Lectures 24 hours
Wed 9-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2019 weekly at 12-15, Main building C8
Wed 6-Feb-2019 - 13-Mar-2019 weekly at 12-14, Main building C8
6-Feb-2019 , Pinni B lecture room 3107
13-Mar-2019 , Main building C6


Numeric 1-5.

Study materials

Global Terrorism: Lutz, Brenda J. Lutz, James M. Routledge.

The readings for each lecture correspond to chapters in the text.

Additional readings will be indicated each week in lectures, and will be available electronically through Moodle and library databases.

Further information

Students will be accepted to the course in the following order:

1. degree students of the MDP in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research

2. degree students of the other Global Society programmes (MDP in Global and Transnational Studies, MDP in Public Choice, MDP in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare, MDP in Gender Studies)

3. other degree students of UTA

4. exchange students (Master's level exchange students will be given priority)