This module can be taken as an Accredited Short Course or a Standalone Short Course.
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The aim of this module is to introduce students to the fundamental debates relating to terrorism and counterterrorism. It will address a range of key issues, including definitions, root causes, history & evolution, and major theories. This module will also introduce students to the research methods and data analysis used to understand and assess terrorism and counterterrorism.
What you will learn
On successful completion of the course the student will be able to:
To develop knowledge and understanding of the major theoretical, academic and substantive debates relating to terrorism and counterterrorism.
Display a sound appreciation of the definition debate within terrorism studies and the difficulties and implications of this debate.
To develop a strong awareness of the long history of terrorism and counterterrorism, and the current nature of modern terrorist conflicts
To develop the analytical skills to critically research, evaluate and assess models and explanations of terrorism, and the range of counterterrorism options to these.
Display an awareness of the role cultural, religious, ethnic, economic, media and other value systems can play in understanding terrorism and counterterrorism.
Display a detailed knowledge of several case studies of terrorism and counterterrorism campaigns.
Be able to engage with and critique the evidence base for understanding terrorism and which underlies counterterrorism initiatives and polices.
Exploring the history and evolution of terrorism and counterterrorism
Major theories and debates on terrorism and counterterrorism
Research approaches and methodologies
Psychology of terrorism & counterterrorism
Root causes of terrorism
Case studies of terrorist groups and conflicts
Fundamentals of counterterrorism
The terrorism/counterterrorism dynamic
Case studies of counterterrorism policies
Upgrade to a professional qualification
After successful completion of this course 20 credits can be put towards the Counterterrorism MSc or Counterterrorism, Risk Management and Resilience MSc
Cranfield credits are available for this short course which you can put towards selected Cranfield degrees. Find out more about short course credit points.
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