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A History of Terrorism: From French revolutionary terror to al-Qaeda


Value: one unit


Dr. Akil Awan


Taught through weekly two-hour seminars


3-hour exam (50%), best two of three coursework essays (40%), oral presentation (10%)

NB – Anyone taking this course cannot take the Group 3 unit HS3350/1 The Age of Terror: Terrorism from 1945 - Present                                       

This course can only be chosen as a first or second preference. This course provides a comprehensive treatment of the history of terrorism, beginning with its origins and etymology, tracing its evolution and development, to its employment as a form of political violence in the contemporary period. Students will examine the reasons and rationale for the use of terrorism by various individuals, groups, and state actors, and engage with and comprehend debates on its causes and consequences. Students will study a diverse range of geographical and historical contexts through key case studies with a particular focus on: actors involved, the socio-political milieu, rationale for employing terrorism, causes and consequences of terrorist acts, political outcomes, and counter-terrorism measures.


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