University of St Andrews

Terrorism and Political Violence MLitt

University of St Andrews
In St Andrews

£10,880
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Typology Master
Location St andrews (Scotland)
Duration 1 Year
  • Master
  • St andrews (Scotland)
  • Duration:
    1 Year
Description

The MLitt in Terrorism and Political Violence seeks to develop in students a critical understanding of the concept of terrorism and political violence within the context of a multidisciplinary approach to security studies.

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Location

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St Andrews (Fife)
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University Of St Andrews, KY16 9AJ

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On request

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· What are the objectives of this course?

Study in Terrorism and Political Violence examines selected approaches to knowledge generation around terrorism and counterterrorism and considers the development of new responses to terrorism and political violence. Students have the opportunity to apply for a semester abroad at Georgetown University in Washington DC during their second semester.

· Who is it intended for?

Students who graduate from the MLitt in Terrorism and Political Violence go on to work in various professional fields including law, policy research and consultancy, non-governmental organisations, charities, international organisations, civil service and publishing. The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students in building their employability skills.

· Requirements

A good 2.1 Honours degree in political science, international relations, social sciences or other relevant disciplines. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, postgraduate candidates will normally be expected to hold a BA or BS with a grade point average range of 3.3 to 3.6/4.0 or equivalent GPA.

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What you'll learn on the course

Conflict
Terrorist Violence
Fundamentals of Terrorist
Gender and Terrorism
Nationalism
Ethnic Conflict
Terrorism a
Liberal Democracy
Terrorism and Theories
Collective Action

Course programme

Modules

Each module typically comprises:

  • one-hour lecture per week
  • one-hour tutorial or seminar per week
  • office hours
  • 100% coursework assessment.
Compulsory

Students must take the following compulsory module:

  • Research Methods: presents appropriate research methods to enable students to critically understand the professional literature, and to lay the foundations to enable students to engage in further research.

and choose one compulsory module from the following:

  • Fundamental Issues and Structures of Terrorism: introduces the core conceptual issues of Terrorism and Political Violence.
  • Terrorism after 1945: provides an overview of the evolution, characteristics, and decline of terrorist movements and campaigns since 1945.
Optional

Students choose two of the following optional modules:

  • Fundamentals of Terrorist Violence: examines how combatants in terrorist groups are able to overcome inhibitions to killing.
  • Gender and Terrorism: familiarises students with how gender is a construction that privileges certain actors over and against others.
  • Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict: familiarises students with different approaches that seek to explain how ethnicity and nationhood are created and maintained, how different forms of ethnic conflict and ethnic violence come about, and what possible mechanisms to contain nationalism and ethnic conflict are.
  • Terrorism and Liberal Democracy: addresses conceptual and definitional issues concerning terrorism; the relationship of terrorism to other forms of political violence; the origins, dynamics and development of contemporary terrorism; the efficacy of terrorism as a political weapon; the dilemmas and challenges of liberal democratic state responses to terrorism; and case studies in terrorism and counter-terrorism.
  • Terrorism and Theories of Collective Action: addresses issues such as what it means to take a 'political collective action' approach to terrorism; social movement theory and terrorism; understanding recruitment and mobilisation in terrorism and high-risk activism; terrorism and the collective action repertoire; terrorism in the context of transnational activism.
Dissertation

The final element of the MLitt is a 15,000-word dissertation. The dissertation should focus on an area of terrorism and political violence in which you are interested.

Each student is supported by a relevant supervisor from the School who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process.

The completed dissertation must be submitted by a date specified in August.

If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MLitt, there are exit awards available that allow suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of a MLitt.

Additional information

Overseas Fee : £21,990

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