University Course Planner The University of Adelaide Australia

POLIS 2013 - Terrorism and Global Politics

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: Semester 1
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 hours per week
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: Yes
Pre-Requisite: At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
Assessment: Research essay 40%, Mid-term online test 10%, Final online test 15%, Group project 25%, Participation 10%
Syllabus:

This course explores the influence of political violence – broadly defined – within contemporary international relations. The course traces the rise of existential threats to the state from non-state actors, it considers the spectrum of state and transnational initiatives and responses to ameliorate those threats, and reflects on how prevailing global political conflicts are refracted through the prism(s) of counter-terrorism. The course begins by examining the historical evolution of terrorism, its causes/rationales and the major theoretical and conceptual approaches to the study of the phenomenon. It then provides a comprehensive exploration of the development of historical and contemporary terrorist groups, including the recent ‘fourth wave’ of terrorism (e.g. al-Qaeda and ISIS). The final part of the course focuses explicitly on counter-terrorism responses and counter- terrorism policies in the context of international security policy formulation. This takes the form of case studies that tease out the implications of terrorism for the security policy postures of key states in Australia's strategic neighbourhood, of Australia's main security allies in the Anglosphere and in the United Nations. Theoretically and conceptually, the course explores explanations of the nature and causes of terrorism as well as the logics underpinning individual (state) and collective (international) responses. It does so through an explicitly multi- disciplinary approach that incorporates historical (‘new’ and ‘old’ terrorism); conceptual (state- sponsored vs. non-state; global vs. regional; biological, environmental, cultural, political); and geographical (Middle East and Africa, Eurasia, South America) frameworks.

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Tuition Fees
Units EFTSL Pre-2010 2010 Onwards Domestic International
3 0.125 Band 1 $820 Band 1 $820 select program select program


Course Outline

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 1 Mon 18/03/2019 Sun 31/03/2019 Fri 10/05/2019 Fri 14/06/2019


Class Details

Enrolment Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
11376 LE01 126 5 6 Mar - 10 Apr Wednesday 9am - 10am Engineering Nth, N158, Chapman Lecture Theatre
1 May - 12 Jun Wednesday 9am - 10am Engineering Nth, N158, Chapman Lecture Theatre
Related Class: Small Group Discovery
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
11377 SG04 30 1 8 Mar - 12 Apr Friday 9am - 11am Napier, 108, Teaching Room
3 May - 14 Jun Friday 9am - 11am Napier, 108, Teaching Room
11378 SG03 30 1 7 Mar - 11 Apr Thursday 11am - 1pm Napier, 108, Teaching Room
2 May - 13 Jun Thursday 11am - 1pm Napier, 108, Teaching Room
11379 SG02 36 3 4 Mar - 8 Apr Monday 11am - 1pm Hughes, 111a, Teaching Room
29 Apr - 10 Jun Monday 11am - 1pm Hughes, 111a, Teaching Room
11380 SG01 30 FULL 7 Mar - 11 Apr Thursday 9am - 11am Napier, 205, Teaching Room
2 May - 13 Jun Thursday 9am - 11am Napier, 205, Teaching Room