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PH379-15 The Philosophy of Terrorism and Counterterrorism

Department
Philosophy
Level
Undergraduate Level 3
Module leader
Quassim Cassam
Credit value
15
Module duration
10 weeks
Assessment
100% coursework
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Introductory description

PH379-15 Philsoophy of Terrorism and Counterterrorism

Module aims

The aim of this module is to introduce students to fundamental ethical and epistemological questions in the philosophy of terrorism and counterterrorism.

Outline syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

  1. What is terrorism?
  2. Politico-rational approaches to terrorism.
  3. Psycho-ideological approaches.
  4. Socio-situational approaches.
  5. Radicalisation.
  6. Particularism versus generalism..
  7. Understanding and explanation.
  8. The epistemology of terrorism and counterterrorism.
  9. The morality of terrorism.
Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • At this end of this module students should be able to (i) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key concepts arguments in the philosophy of terrorism and counterterrorism, (ii) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key conceptual, ethical and epistemological issues in the philosophy of terrorism and counterterrorism (iii) demonstrate the capacity to relate questions in the philosophy of terrorism and counterterrorism to broader philosophical questions about the nature of morality, the nature of explanation and the nature of causation.
Indicative reading list
  1. Richard English, Terrorism: How to Respond
  2. Martha Crenshaw, Explaining Terrorism
  3. Igor Primoratz (ed.) Terrorism: the Philosophical Issues.
  4. Marc Sageman, Misunderstanding Terrorism
  5. Andrew Silke, Terrorism
  6. Richard Jackson, Terrorism: A Critical Introduction\
  7. Quassim Cassam, 'The Epistemology of Terrorism and Radicalisation'
  8. Quassim Cassam., 'The Epistemologies of Terrorism and Counterterrorism Research'
  9. Elizabeth Frazer and Kimberly Hutchings, Can Political Violence Ever be Justified?

View reading list on Talis Aspire

Subject specific skills

The ability to understand, analyse and criticise philosophical ideas and arguments. The ability to develop a philosophical understanding of terrorism and counterterrorism and identify and answer ethical, epistemological and metaphysical questions about terrorism.

Transferable skills

The ability to argue, analyse complex ideas, and write clearly. The ability to grasp complex ideas and arguments, identify their strengths and weaknesses and write about them in a structured manner.

Study time

Type Required
Lectures 9 sessions of 2 hours (12%)
Seminars 8 sessions of 1 hour (5%)
Private study 124 hours (83%)
Total 150 hours
Private study description

No private study requirements defined for this module.

Costs

No further costs have been identified for this module.

You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.

Students can register for this module without taking any assessment.

Assessment group A3
Weighting Study time
1750 word essay 2 50%
1750 word essay 1 50%
Feedback on assessment

Students will receive detailed individual feedback on both essays.

Courses

This module is Core optional for:

  • Year 3 of UCXA-Q8V7 Undergraduate Classical Civilisation with Philosophy

This module is Optional for:

  • UHIA-V1V8 Undergraduate History and Philosophy (with Year Abroad and a term in Venice)
    • Year 3 of V1V8 History and Philosophy (with Year Abroad and a term in Venice)
    • Year 4 of V1V8 History and Philosophy (with Year Abroad and a term in Venice)
  • Year 3 of UHIA-V1V7 Undergraduate History and Philosophy (with a term in Venice)
  • UPHA-V700 Undergraduate Philosophy
    • Year 2 of V700 Philosophy
    • Year 3 of V700 Philosophy
    • Year 3 of V700 Philosophy
  • Year 4 of UPHA-V701 Undergraduate Philosophy (wiith Intercalated year)
  • Year 4 of UPHA-V702 Undergraduate Philosophy (with Work Placement)
  • Year 2 of UPHA-V7ML Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics
  • Year 4 of UPHA-V7MM Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year)

This module is Core option list A for:

  • Year 3 of UMAA-GV17 Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy
  • Year 3 of UMAA-GV19 Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Specialism in Logic and Foundations

This module is Core option list B for:

  • Year 2 of UMAA-GV17 Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy
  • Year 2 of UMAA-GV19 Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Specialism in Logic and Foundations

This module is Core option list C for:

  • Year 4 of UMAA-GV19 Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Specialism in Logic and Foundations

This module is Option list A for:

  • UPHA-VL78 BA in Philosophy with Psychology
    • Year 2 of VL78 Philosophy with Psychology
    • Year 3 of VL78 Philosophy with Psychology
  • Year 4 of UPHA-VL79 BA in Philosophy with Psychology (with Intercalated year)
  • Year 3 of UPHA-V7Q8 Undergraduate Philosophy with Classical Civilisation

This module is Option list B for:

  • Year 2 of UHIA-V1V5 Undergraduate History and Philosophy
  • UPHA-VQ72 Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature
    • Year 2 of VQ72 Philosophy and Literature
    • Year 3 of VQ72 Philosophy and Literature
  • Year 4 of UPHA-VQ73 Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature with Intercalated Year

This module is Option list C for:

  • Year 3 of UHIA-V1V5 Undergraduate History and Philosophy
  • Year 4 of UHIA-V1V6 Undergraduate History and Philosophy (with Year Abroad)

This module is Option list E for:

  • Year 2 of UPHA-V7MW Undergraduate Politics, Philosophy and Law