Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC3112: Introduction to Terrorism Studies

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following themes:


Definition debate

History of modern terrorism

Collecting data on terrorism

Analyzing terrorism data

Theoretical explanations for terrorism


Terrorist groups

Brief case study: Waves of Al Qaeda

Geopolitical factors

Research methods for the study of terrorism

Terrorism incident databases

Terrorism rates and trends

Counterterrorism implications

ISIS case study: group history, propaganda, violence trajectory

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities2222 x 1 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities2211 x 2 hour tutorials
Guided Independent Study90Reading assignments
Guided independent study48Preparing for seminars
Guided independent study118Preparation for essays

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).