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GOVT3999: Terrorism and Organised Crime

The unit serves as a rigorous investigation of the politics of violent and criminal non-state actors. It will start with a conceptual discussion of such groups, focusing on analysis of their structure and behaviour and the roles that globalisation and technology play in non-state threats, before moving on to specific types of dark networks. The dark networks that may be covered include terrorist organisations, non-state nuclear proliferation networks, and various forms of organised crime, including maritime piracy, drug trafficking, mafias, mundane smuggling, and money laundering.

Code GOVT3999
Academic unit Government and International Relations
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 2000 level in Politics or 12 credit points at 2000 level in International Relations or 12 senior credit points from Government and International Relations

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate a clear understanding of the theoretical and analytical approaches used in the study of violent and criminal non-state actors
  • LO2. delineate between the different problems associated with dark networks from an applied analysis of general trends of globalisation and technology
  • LO3. assess cogently and concisely the structure, behaviour, and threats posed by dark networks.
  • LO4. understand how academic concepts can provide insight into pressing global issues

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.