Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Globalisation, Security and International Terrorism

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT International Relations

DESCRIPTION The study-unit will begin with a focus on the process of globalisation and the political and academic debates surrounding this phenomenon. Whilst proponents of globalisation speak of it as an international force beneficial to global development, opponents of globalisation maintain that the negative impacts of this phenomenon will have a more resounding effect. The impact of the process of globalisation on the state will also be assessed, reviewing the role of the state on national and international decision making processes and its centrality in world affairs.

Following an assessment of the impact of globalisation on international politics and the role of the states, the study unit will go on to examine the impact of globalisation on international security issues. With the resurgence of globalisation as a political and economic phenomenon, how has this impacted the security issues – both traditional and non-traditional – that currently challenge the international community.

International terrorism has risen to the forefront as one of the key security concerns in contemporary international affairs. Whilst the use of terrorism has throughout history posed a security threat, the rise of international terrorism may be viewed as a product of the contemporary age of globalisation that we find ourselves in. The study unit will therefore go on to focus on the threat of terrorism that has become more global and international in character, and in turn its impact on international political and security issues.

Study-unit Aims:

The objective of this study-unit is to introduce students to the concept of Globalisation as a primary characteristic of contemporary international politics, and in turn appreciate the impact that this phenomenon has on international security issues. A key aspect of this is the repercussions of globalisation on the rise of international terrorism and the threat that this poses within the international community.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- display knowledge of the political and academic discourse on globalisation and its impact on the nation state, and the impact of globalisation on security issues;
- demonstrate an understanding of the use of terror and political violence in national and international political and security issues, and its place in the global security agenda.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- discuss theoretical approaches to globalisation,and identify the impact of globalisation on traditional security issues as well as on the emergence of non-traditional security threats;
- analyse of the role and use of terrorism as a political tool and trace the rise of international terrorism to the forefront of the international security agenda.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- David Held (1999) Global Transformations. Politics, Economics and Culture. Polity Press Cambridge.
- Paul Hirst (2002) War and Power in the 21st Century. The State, Military Conflict and the international System Polity Press Cambridge.
- Bruce Hoffman, Inside Terrorism, Revised Edition, Columbia University Press, 2006.
- Peter Hough Understanding Global Security 2nd Edition (Routledge, 2007)
- Walter Laquer No End to War: Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century (Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd, 2004)
- Walter Reich (Ed.) Origins of Terrorism: Psychologies, Ideologies, Theologies, States of Mind, Woodrow Wilson Centre Press, 1998.
- John A. Winterdyk, Kelly W. Sundberg (Eds) Border Security in the Al-Qaeda Era, CRC Press, 2009.
- Paul D. Williams (Ed.) Security Studies: An Introduction (Routledge, 2008)


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation No 50%
Examination (1 Hour) Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Valentina Cassar

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