Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3142: Social and Islamist Armed Movements

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Samer Bakkour (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Social and Armed Movements created considerable consternation among international observers. They become an incubator for fighting and Jihadism, and an object of regional and international concerns. Social and Armed Movements stand at a crossroads, and the international powers are confronted by a series of conundrums, with no clear idea of how to proceed. This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the complex relationships between Islamism and various types of political violence including insurgency and terrorism. It will guide you around the regional and international interventions occurring. The module covers the major Jihadist groups and armed Islamist movements in the Middle East, North Africa, and other regions. It is an essential module for understanding armed Islamist movements’ behaviour, structures and ideologies, and this module is recommended for interdisciplinary pathways.

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