Terrorism and Contemporary Conflict

School: School of Government and Society
Department of Political Science and International Studies

Modular value: 20 credits
Duration: Term 2
Teaching: 2 hours per week

Lecturer: Cerwyn Moore

This module will offer students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the sources, dynamics and consequences of political violence and terrorism, and to consider the significance of political violence and terrorism within the broader realm of politics and international relations (IR). It will also 'critically' analyze the policies and politics of preventing and countering terrorism at both the national and international levels.

Course aims:

  • The manifestations of political violence and terrorism, including specific terrorist organizations, tactics and key events
  • Debates regarding the prevention of terrorism, counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency policy, including
  • The politics, legality and ethics of the ‘war on terror’ and the balance between public security and individual freedom


  • Term two: 1 x 2000 word essay (25%)
  • Term three: 3 hour examination (75%)

Related courses:

The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.