Study the Troubles in Northern Ireland to Explore the Key Themes of Terrorism and Political Violence
From the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) at the University of St Andrews
This module uses the case study of the Troubles – over thirty years of unrest largely concentrated in the north of Ireland – to explore key themes in the study of terrorism and political violence. These include terrorist motivations, types of violence, state responses, and the role of terrorists in bringing a conflict to its end.
Although the 1998 Good Friday Agreement endures, this module will demonstrate how the long-term preconditions of violence shaped the conflict and its aftermath. We will explore how both Republican and Loyalist paramilitary groups formed, were motivated, and adapted over time. The role of the state, as well as less-explicit modes of violence, will also be discussed, alongside issues of media coverage, public perception, and the role of terrorist actors in agreeing and maintaining a peace agreement.
As societies around the world become increasingly divided by issues of identity, territory, and belonging, this module demonstrates how those divisions can be leveraged to produce a conflict which, while changing features over time, remained concerned with a single division with no middle ground.
What you'll learn
- Demonstrate (through written assessment and exam performance) knowledge on the history of the Northern Irish Troubles, including their causes, main actors, and outcomes.
- Explain the history of Northern Ireland as it relates to the outbreak and endurance of violence through the vehicle of your chosen assessment topic.
- Identify motivations for terrorist groups, including motivations behind splits between ideologically-similar organisations.
- Describe changes in terrorist tactics over the course of the Troubles, including the influence of non-terrorist actors on these tactics.
- Present a coherent overview of the trajectory of the Troubles within the context of potential intervention points.
- Apply content knowledge from this module to the question of the future of Northern Ireland, including potential vulnerabilities exposed by Brexit.
How you'll learn
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This course gives a very in-depth insight to the workings and processes that go into creating and enhancing policies, training agencies and first responders with all the intentions of preventing acts of terrorism. With the help of this course it gives us - the civilians, police officers, soldiers and emergency services personnel and many more - invaluable knowledge to attempt to counter these acts of evil.