Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3206: Terrorism, Counter-terrorism and International Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Module Aims

The aim of this module is to use research-enriched teaching to provide you with an understanding of key aspects of the international legal framework governing the acts of terrorism and their prevention. The module will examine key developments in the field of international public law and in domestic spheres of selected countries. Teaching of the material will be done in context, which means it will be discussed with reference to particular case studies or situations. The teaching method assumes active participation and engagement by all students under the guidance of the module convenor.

The module will encourage you to reflect critically on the nature, function, strengths and weaknesses of various counter-terrorism mechanisms. It will also develop your understanding of the evolution and current scope of terrorism-oriented international crimes and aspects of individual criminal justice. This will enable you to gain an appreciation of the role that international criminal justice can and should play as part of a wider response to terrorism.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate a critical understanding and detailed knowledge of selected legal mechanisms that have been established to combat terrorist activities;
2. demonstrate detailed knowledge and a critical understanding of aspects of the relevant international and domestic law relating to the role that international criminal justice can and should play as part of a wider response to terrorism;
Discipline-Specific Skills3. demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of a range of legal concepts, values, principles, institutions and procedures, and apply acquired legal knowledge to complex social and contextual problems;
4. demonstrate an ability to independently integrate and assess information from primary and secondary legal and social-legal sources using appropriate interpretative techniques;
Personal and Key Skills5. prepare analytical work that relies on a wide range of relevant, independently-researched resources, engaging with these in order to develop clear lines of argument; and
6. communicate and engage in debate effectively and autonomously, in a manner appropriate to the discipline.