MAN 5127 Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism

MAN 5127 Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism

Kurskode: 
MAN 5127
Institutt: 
Rettsvitenskap og styring
Studiepoeng: 
15
Kursansvarlig: 
Nick Sitter
Produktkategori: 
Executive
Portefølje: 
EMM - Sikkerhetsledelse og konflikthåndtering - Spesialisering
Semester: 
2018 Vår
Aktiv status: 
Aktivt
Undervisningsspråk: 
Norsk/Engelsk
Kurstype: 
Ett semester
Introduksjon

This is a Master of Management program about terrorism and counter-terrorism. It focuses on three main topics: The causes of terrorism, strategies for combating terrorism, and analysis of present threats and challenges linked to terrorism and counter-terrorism.

The first part of the program focuses on terrorism as a concept, the causes of terrorism and the strategy and tactics of a range of different terrorist groups. How states (and indeed firms and voluntary organizations) interpret terrorism shapes their response. Moreover, whether terrorism is seen as rational strategy, or as something that can be explained by root causes such as poverty or religion, or it is explained in terms of psychology, has strong implications for how it is best dealt with.

The first part of the course covers the causes and origins of modern terrorism, common tactical, strategic and organizational elements across a wider range of terrorist groups, and the implications this has for contemporary terrorist threats.

The second part of the course turns to counter-terrorism, and explores the strengths and weaknesses of different counter-terrorism (and counter-insurgency) strategies. In different places and at different times terrorism has been interpreted as first and foremost a criminal, military, political or propaganda challenge, and this has important implications for which organizations the state assigns the lead role in counter-terrorism to.

The third part focuses on contemporary terrorism, and centers on threat assessment and policy tools for dealing with terrorism.

Kunnskapsmål

Acquired knowledge

The participants shall be in a better position to:

  • Acquire knowledge about key theories and contemporary debates about the causes of terrorism, terrorism as a strategy and counter-terrorism strategies, though exposure to the academic literature in the area.
  • Acquire knowledge about how to use theoretical work and historical cases to draw lessons about the strengths and weaknesses of different terrorist and counter-terrorism strategies and tactics.                                                                                                                                  
  • Acquire knowledge about how to acquire further information about terrorist campaigns, from the academic field as well as think tanks, the media and other open sources.
  • Acquire knowledge about how to use open source data for threat assessment and how this may form the basis for policy recommendations for risk management.
Ferdighetsmål

The program is designed to give the participants the tools and frameworks for analyzing terrorism and to equip them with a better basis for action and to shape responses and policies, both globally and nationally. The participants shall be in a better position to:

  • Be able to understand the conditions for the growth of various terrorist groups and the strategies they choose
  • Be able to analyze the development of a particular and general terrorist threat, including the aims, resources, strategy and tactics of terrorist groups.
  • Be able to analyze the need for use of different types of counter-terrorism tools.
  • Be able to evaluate and assess different counter-terrorism policy tools, including different forms of risk management.
  • Be able to analyze, assess and contribute to the elaboration of crisis management plans.
Holdningsmål

Upon completion of the course the participants shall be in a better position to:

  • Be able to make decisions on an independent basis and to contribute to decision-making processes where question related to security and risk management are central issues.
  • Be able to assume ethical responsibility, and lead others in an independent and thoughtful manner.
  • Be able to apply critical thinking (based on theoretical and empirical work about terrorism and counter-terrorism) to assess different types of terrorism, including the extent to which terrorist groups might achieve their aims, the extent and severity of a terrorist threat, the threat terrorism poses to democratic societies, and the likely consequences of different counter-terrorism strategies.
  • Be able to contribute to public policy debates on terrorism and counter-terrorism, and independently to update their knowledge about these topics in the light of changing threats.
Kursets innhold

 

Session 1: The causes and consequences of terrorism  

  • Causes of terrorism
  • Varieties of terrorism
  • Strategic elements of terrorism
  • Terrorism in the 20th Century: Left and right extremist, national and religious terrorism 
  • Contemporary Terrorism, with a focus on far right and Islamist terrorism.

 

 

Session 2: Counter-terrorism and its consequences

  • Varieties of counter-terrorism strategy
  • Dilemmas of counter-terrorism in democratic states
  • The tools of counter terrorism
  • The outcome of terrorist campaigns: how terrorism ends.
  • Contemporary counter-terrorism

     

    Session 3: Threat assessment and risk management  

  • Policy making in crises
  • Threat analysis
  • Risk management tools
  • Contemporary terrorism and counter-terrorism in Europe
  • Contemporary terrorism and counter-terrorism in the rest of the world
Læreprosess og tidsbruk

The programme is conducted through six course modules.

 

The students must expect a workload that is customary for a 15 ECTS program (400 hours). The teaching is organised in three course modules in three 8-hour days each, totalling approx. 75 lecturing hours. In addition, students must plan having at least one study day per week and some extra time for the term paper.

Students are responsible for obtaining information given in lectures but which is not included in the program web page, its learning or in other course material.

Please note that while attendance is not compulsory in all programmes, it is the student's own responsibility to obtain any information provided in class that is not included on the course homepage/ itslearning or other course materials.

Dataverktøy
Det benyttes ingen spesielle dataverktøy i kurset.
Kvalifikasjoner

Du har fullført bachelorgrad, tilsvarende 180 offentlig godkjente studiepoeng fra høyskole, universitet eller tilsvarende.
Du har fylt 25 år.
Du har fire års yrkeserfaring full tid. For søkere som har en fullført mastergrad fra før, kreves det tre års arbeidserfaring. (2 års relevant yrkeserfaring gjelder for Forsvarets personell)

EksamenskategoriVektingTilsynVarighetGrupperingKommentar eksamen
Eksamenskategori:
Innlevering
Vurderingsform:
Skriftlig innlevering
Eksamenskode:
MAN 51271
Karakterskala:
ECTS
Sensorordning:
Intern og ekstern sensor
Kontinuasjon:
Eksamen ved neste kursgjennomføring
60Nei1 SemesterGruppe/Individuell (1 - 3)
Eksamenskategori:
Innlevering
Vurderingsform:
Skriftlig innlevering
Eksamenskode:
MAN 51272
Karakterskala:
ECTS
Sensorordning:
Intern og ekstern sensor
Kontinuasjon:
Eksamen ved neste kursgjennomføring
40Nei48 Time(r)Individuell
Eksamen:
Eksamenskategori:Innlevering
Vurderingsform:Skriftlig innlevering
Vekting:60
Tilsyn:Nei
Gruppering (størrelse):Gruppe/Individuell (1-3)
Varighet:1 Semester
Kommentar:
Eksamenskode:MAN 51271
Karakterskala:ECTS
Kontinuasjon:Eksamen ved neste kursgjennomføring
Eksamenskategori:Innlevering
Vurderingsform:Skriftlig innlevering
Vekting:40
Tilsyn:Nei
Gruppering (størrelse):Individuell
Varighet:48 Time(r)
Kommentar:
Eksamenskode:MAN 51272
Karakterskala:ECTS
Kontinuasjon:Eksamen ved neste kursgjennomføring
Eksamensorganisering: 
Ordinær eksamen
Total vekting: 
100
Talis literature

Obligatorisk/Compulsory

Book
Authors/Editors År Tittel Edition Publisher StudentNote
Cronin, Audrey Kurth cop. 2009 How terrorism ends: understanding the decline and demise of terrorist campaigns   Princeton University Press 311 pages
Horgan, John; Braddock, Kurt 2012 Terrorism studies: a reader   Routledge p. 40-60
Hoffman, Bruce 2017 Inside Terrorism   Columbia University Press ca 400 pages
Chapter
Authors/Editors År Tittel Journal Edition Publisher StudentNote
Hart, Paul 't; Boin, Arjen; Stern, Eric; Sundelius, Bengt 2005 The Politics of crisis management: public leadership under pressure The Politics of crisis management: public leadership under pressure   Cambridge University Press p. 137-157
Jason Burke 2015 The new threat : from Islamic militancy The new threat : from Islamic militancy   Bodley Head p. 50-80
Bjørgo, Tore 2005 Root Causes of Terrorism: Myths, Reality and Ways Forward Root Causes of Terrorism: Myths, Reality and Ways Forward   Taylor and Francis Introduction (p. 1-15) and conlusion (p. 256-264)
David Kilcullen 2016 Blood year : Islamic State and the failures of the war on terror Blood year : Islamic State and the failures of the war on terror   Hurst p. 111-128
  1990 Origins of terrorism : psychologies, ideologies, theologies, states of mind Origins of terrorism : psychologies, ideologies, theologies, states of mind   Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars p. 103-130
Petter Nesser 1973- 2015 Islamist terrorism in Europe : a history Islamist terrorism in Europe : a history   Hurst p. 267-296
Peter R. Neumann 1974 2016 Radicalized : new jihadists and the threat to the west Radicalized : new jihadists and the threat to the west   I. B. Tauris p. 85-109
Richardson, Louise 2007 What terrorists want: understanding the enemy, containing the threat What terrorists want: understanding the enemy, containing the threat   Random HouseTrade Paperbacks p. 71-103
Sageman, Marc 20080101 Leaderless Jihad : Terror Networks in the Twenty-First Century Leaderless Jihad : Terror Networks in the Twenty-First Century   University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc p. 1-12
Article
Authors/Editors År Tittel Edition Publisher StudentNote
Max Abrahms 2006 Why Terrorism Does Not Work      
Jensen, Richard Bach 2014-01 The Pre-1914 Anarchist “Lone Wolf” Terrorist and Governmental Responses      
David, Steven R 2003 Israel's policy of targeted killing      
Thomas Hegghammer 2010 The Rise of Muslim Foreign Fighters: Islam and the Globalization of Jihad      
Parker, Tom; Sitter, Nick 2016-03-14 The Four Horsemen of Terrorism: It's Not Waves, It's Strains      
Sitter, Nick; Parker, Tom 2014-05 Fighting Fire with Water: NGOs and Counterterrorism Policy Tools      

Anbefalt/Recommended

Book
Authors/Editors År Tittel Edition Publisher StudentNote
Parker, Tom 2018 Avoiding the Terrorist Trap: Why Respect for Human Rights is the Key to Defeating Terrorism     350 pages
Leonard Weinberg 2012 The end of terrorism?   Routledge 156 pages
English, Richard 2009 Terrorism : how to respond   Oxford University Press 175 pages