HST295: The History of Terrorism

20 credits (semester 2) (semester 1 2017-18)

Module Leader: Dr Caoimhe Nic Dháibhéid



Pass in at least two Level One History Units HST112-120.


Module Summary

In the aftermath of 9/11 and 7/7, the rhetoric of the war on terror has been one of the most significant political vocabularies of the twenty-first century. Yet, terrorism is not a new phenomenon: the history of the modern world, particularly during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, has been marked by violent challenges to political authority by non-state actors. This module will consider in detail the phenomenon of terrorism in a historical setting, considering various manifestations (geographically, chronologically and ideologically) as well as the related areas of state terror and counter-terrorist strategies.


Teaching and Assessment

Lectures provide an efficient way of providing information, encouraging ideas and guiding students’ private study. They will be used to outline key chronological, geographical and theoretical themes. Seminars will provide opportunities for students to present their ideas and interpretations to the wider group, to analyse a range of primary sources, engage with scholarly debates, and to work cooperatively in groups.

Further guidance is provided in the module course booklet, available through MOLE.

Information on assessment can be found at: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/history/current_students/undergraduate/assessment/level2 


Selected Reading 

To Follow.


Intended Learning Outcomes
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