BSS451 Conceptualisations of Terrorism

Fakulta sociálních studií
podzim 2019
1/1/0. 7 kr. Ukončení: zk.
Monika Gabriela Bartoszewicz, MA, MLitt, PhD (přednášející)
Monika Gabriela Bartoszewicz, MA, MLitt, PhD
Katedra politologie - Fakulta sociálních studií
Kontaktní osoba: Mgr. Lucie Pospíšilová
Dodavatelské pracoviště: Oddělení bezpečnostních a strategických studií - Katedra politologie - Fakulta sociálních studií
Út 14:00–15:40 AVC
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One could say that since the tragic event of 9/11 terrorism has ceased to be something extraordinary and became a part of daily political life. This course examines some of the key dimensions and issues of contemporary international terrorism and asks what consequences, if any, terrorism has for contemporary world affairs. This module begins by examining what terrorism is and what distinguishes it from other forms of conflict and warfare in the international system. It identifies the difficulties surrounding the complex nature and identification of both the concept and phenomenon of terrorism. Cases of particular terrorist types (e.g. left-wing, right-wing, ethno-nationalist, religious, etc.) are then explored in detail. A separate class is devoted to gendered conceptualisation of terrorism. Simultaneously, the attention is given to psychological issues in understanding both terrorism and the terrorist – in particular how individuals make decisions at all stages of the process of involvement in terrorism and how to factor this rationale in the security analyses. Finally, during the course we will examine how different conceptualisations of terrorism limit and sometimes even determine counter-terrorist options and policies. Specifically, the effectiveness of political, economic, military and judicial instruments will be examined. Counter-terrorist policies will also be discussed in the context of the civil liberties debate.
Výstupy z učení
The course is designed to help students to: 1) Develop a knowledge and understanding what terrorism is; 2) Gain an understanding of the diverse aims, motivations and justifications of contemporary terrorist movements; 3) Differentiate between various forms of modern terrorism.
  • 1. Introduction to the course: What is political terrorism? 2. Root causes and proximate causes of terrorism. 3. Evolution of terrorism. 4. Who terrorists are? Radicalisation and counter-radicalisation. 5. Strategies of terrorism. 6. Suicide terrorism. 7. Terrorist financing. 8. Counter-terrorism. 9. Global War on Terror. 10. Terrorism and liberal democracy. 11. Security or freedom? Terrorism in the context of civil liberties and human rights. 12. Feminisation of terrorist violence. 13. Consolidation and summary.
  • A.K. Cronin and J.M. Ludes (eds.), Attacking Terrorism: Elements of a Grand Strategy. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.
  • 2. Walter Lacqueur (2003). No End to War: Terrorism in the Twenty First Century. London: Continuum
  • Tore Bjorgo (ed.) Root Causes of Terrorism. London: Routledge.
  • A.P. Schmid and R. Crelinsten (eds.) Western Responses to Terrorism (London: Frank Cass)
  • Extended valid list of literature is in the IS (study materials)
Výukové metody
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Metody hodnocení
Students will be required to do the required readings, to attend class sessions, and to write a regular journal accounting for terrorism-related events in world politics. Individual research is going to be presented both in writing and verbally during classes. Group activities are included in this course. Students will receive a final grade for the semester based on the following components: Activity and discussion during class; Individual Class Presentation; Current Event Journal; Current Event Essay; Final exam. Grading: A 60 – 56; B 55-51; C 50 – 46; D 45 – 41; E 40 – 33.
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Předmět je zařazen také v obdobích podzim 2008, podzim 2009, podzim 2010, podzim 2011, podzim 2012, podzim 2013, podzim 2014, podzim 2016, podzim 2017, podzim 2018.
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