|Unit convenor and teaching staff||
Unit convenor and teaching staff
40cp at 1000 level or above OR (10cp in HIST or MHIS or POL or POIR or MHIX or POIX units)
Few issues demand as much attention, in the military, political, and media spheres, as terrorist attacks. Each new attack unleashes a torrent of questions: how can attacks be prevented, who is responsible? Since the French Revolution terrorism has shadowed the unfolding of the modern world. Developing political and economic systems have generated violent reactions; regimes have resorted to terror as instruments of suppression and control. Terrorists have struck in the name of nationalism, religion and anarchy. In this course, we will examine terrorism historically as a form of insurgency that allowed violent extremists a low-cost route to political influence. We will address the historic evolution of terrorism since the nineteenth century, and governments' efforts to counteract it. The modern world cannot be understood without exploring the nature of terrorism, and the unit will examine manifestations of terrorism in western and non-western contexts, from the Jacobins to Islamic State.
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Late penalty policy:
Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – 10 marks out of 100 credit will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted seven days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline.
|Historiography Assignment||25%||No||23:59 20/08/2021|
|Research Essay||40%||No||23:59 8/10/2021|
|Participation||20%||No||Weekly through semester|
Students are required to write a critical appraisal of historian’s perspectives on terrorism, based on an analysis of key themes and issues covered in two book chapters or scholarly journal articles.
The presentation task is designed to assess oral communication skills and grasp of the issues under discussion. Presentations are in-class for internal students, and online presentations via iLearn for external and OUA students.
The research essay forms the major assessment task of the course and requires a high degree of thought, effort and preparation. The research essay questions related to each of the weekly course topics. Students are required to analyse and discuss at least eight scholarly books or journal articles relevant to the essay question. Web sites may be cited in addition to the minimum eight scholarly texts.
Students will be assessed on their participation in weekly discussion forums analysing primary and secondary source issues and developing their oral communication skills.
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2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation
Writing your history essay The Department of Modern History has an essay writing and referencing guide available on iLearn. Please read it before you embark on your assessment tasks!
Participation Active participation in in-class or online seminars is an essential component of the course and three or more absences from the seminars without prior notification and adequate explanation may mean you fail this unit.
Examination(s) There is no examination for MHIS/MHIX2000 but all assignments need to be submitted if you wish to pass the unit.
Assignment submission Please submit all assignments via Turnitin on iLearn. Assignments must include a heading that identifies the question chosen and a bibliography.
Special Consideration Please note that requests for special consideration are not granted automatically, and are reserved for unforeseen and serious circumstances such as prolonged illness, hospitalisation or bereavement in your immediate family.
MHIS2000 A History of Terrorism
Week 1 (26 July): Introduction – Defining Terrorism and Overview
Week 2 (2 August): Virtue and Terror: Terrorism from 1789 to 1871
Week 3 (9 August): Fin de Siècle Terror, 1880-1914
Week 4 (16 August): Regime Terror, 1922-1945
Week 5 (23 August): Anti-Colonial Terrorism, 1945-1962
Week 6 (30 August): Terror in the Cultural Sixties
Week 7 (6 September): Revolutionary and Nationalist Terror in the 1970s
Week 8 (13 September): Islamist Terrorism
Mid Semester Break: 17 September - 3 October
Week 9 (4 October): Research Essay non-teaching week
Week 10 (11 October): The Vietnam War and White Power
Week 11 (18 October): Australia and the War on Terror
Week 12 (25 October): Identity Christian Terrorism
Week 13 (1 November): The Alt-Right and Terror
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Unit information based on version 2021.01R of the Handbook