Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3257: Understanding Terrorism and Counterterrorism

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Conceptual and theoretical frameworks in studying terrorism
  • Historical trends
  • Terrorism and technologies
  • Terrorism and Media
  • Gender in Terrorism
  • Critical Studies of Terrorism
  • Counter terrorism mechanisms
  • Reintegration, reengagement and reconciliation of former terrorists and violent extremists

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activity4422 x 2-hour seminars
Guided Independent Study100Private study – reading and preparing for seminars and presentations
Guided Independent Study156Preparation for essay and pre-seen exam – including researching and collating relevant sources; planning the structure and argument; writing up the essay

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).