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This subject considers and compares responses to terrorism. Of particular interest are legal responses, instigations of war, and the implementation of practices of rendition, arbitrary detention and torture. These practices have been argued to contravene due process and the presumption of innocence, and contribute to civil and global unrest, sometimes inspiring criminal action and creating new categories of what it means to be criminal. The subject draws upon the conceptual and analytical tools of criminological and socio-legal examination including analysis of the political, social and legal construction of terror and terrorism. The inspiration for counter terrorism initiatives and conflicting arguments about their necessity will be examined together with the (side) effects they have created.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon Completion of this subject, students will should be able to:
- Analyse the current climate of terror and counter terror;
- Critically consider arguments for and against counter terror initiatives;
- Explore the use, and effects of counter terrorism laws, pre-emptive war and practices of torture and rendition;
- Critically evaluate contemporary laws, policies and practices in relation to terrorism and counter terrorism;
- Apply critical criminological perspectives to the study of terrorism.
- Highly developed cognitive, analytical and problem-solving skills;
- An advanced understanding of complex concepts and the ability to express them lucidly in writing and orally;
- An awareness of cultural, ethnic and gender diversities and their implications;
- Have an ability to produce clear and concise analysis and to synthesise research findings;
- Develop creative and practical solutions to enduring contemporary social problems;
- An ability to plan work and to use time effectively.
Last updated: 3 July 2020