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Syllabus:

Political violence, 7.5 Credits

Swedish name: Political violence

This syllabus is valid: 2015-10-05 and until further notice

Course code: 1HI067

Credit points: 7.5

Education level: Advanced level

Main Field of Study and progress level: History: second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Grading scale: VG Pass with distinction, G Pass, U Fail

Established by: Faculty director of studies, Faculty of arts, 2015-09-30

Contents

This course focuses on different historical examples of political violence both from "below" and "above" such as popular risings and revolutions, terrorism, acts of genocide and state-sanctioned terror directed towards the state’s own citizens. Political violence in terms of regular warfare between states will not be included in the course other than in passing for contextual reasons. Within the course, political/ideological as well as social, religious, philosophical/ethical and other relevant causes and justifications for political violence will be discussed and analysed, as well as the relevance of these historical examples for the understanding of contemporary developments.

Expected learning outcomes

After having completed the course the students will have displayed:
Knowledge and understanding:
  • comprehensive knowledge about the history of popular risings, terrorism, genocide and state sanctioned terror directed towards the state’s own citizens.
  • comprehensive knowledge about different scholarly models of explaining the rise and causes of different kinds of political violence.
  • comprehensive knowledge about how these acts of political violence have been justified by the perpetrators themselves through history.
  • comprehensive knowledge about how concepts such as violence, terror, terrorism and genocide have been defined and how these definitions have been argued for.
Skill and ability:
  • an ability to discuss and assess different scholarly models of explaining the rise and causes of different kinds of political violence.
  • an ability to discuss and assess different justifications for the use of political violence.
  • an ability to discuss and assess how concepts such as violence, terror, terrorism and genocide have been defined and how these definitions have been argued for.
  • an ability to formulate these learning outcomes in speech and/or writing.
Assessment and attitude:
  • an ability to independently formulate and analyse a scholarly problem in relation to the wider topic of the course.

Required Knowledge

University: 90 ECTS credits in  history or history of science and ideas, or a Degree encompassing at least 180 ECTS credits, or similar.  Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English A (IELTS (Academic) with a minimum overall score of 5.5 and no individual score below 5.0. TOEFL PBT (Paper-based Test) with a minimum total score of 530 and a minimum TWE score of 4. TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test) with a minimum total score of 72 and a minimum score of 17 on the Writing Section). Where the language of instruction is Swedish, applicants must prove proficiency in Swedish to the level required for basic eligibility for higher studies.
 

Form of instruction

Instruction consists of self-governed reading and analysis of the course literature governed and structured by reading instructions, study queries and written assignments which will be made available through the course’s web-based learning platform. Mandatory examining seminars will occur. For students present in Umeå, seminars may be conducted on campus rather than on-line. The course does not include lectures.
 
Students are required to have access to a computer and a stable internet connection.
 
 

Examination modes

The examination consists of individual written assignments. Assignments should be written in English. Mandatory examining seminars will occur.
 
On the course as a whole, the grades given are Fail (U), Pass (G), or Pass with Distinction (VG). In order to pass the course as a whole, all mandatory parts must be passed as well. The final grade of the course is a summary assessment of the results and decided only after all mandatory parts are passed.
 
For students who do not pass the regular examination there is another opportunity to do the examination within two months and a third opportunity within one year. A student who has passed an examination may not be re-examined.
 
A student who has failed two examinations for a course or segment of a course, has the right to have another examiner appointed, unless there are special reasons (Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 6, section 22). Requests for new examiners are made to the Faculty of Humanities.
 
Academic credit transfer
Transfer of credits is handled by Student Services/Degree Evaluation Office. See http://www.student.umu.se/english/getting-your-degree/transfer-of-credits/

Literature

Valid from: 2015 week 39

Required reading

The history of terrorism : from antiquity to al Qaeda
Schneider Edward, Pulver Kathryn, Browner Jesse, Chaliand Gérard, Blin Arnaud
Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press : cop. 2007 : viii, 474 s. :
Table of contents only
ISBN: 978-0-520-24533-4 (inb.)
Mandatory
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Jones Adam
Genocide : a comprehensive introduction
London : Routledge : 2006 : xxvi, 430 s. :
ISBN: 0-415-35384-X (hft.)
Mandatory
Search the University Library catalogue

Laqueur Walter (ed.)
Voices of terror: Manifestos, writings, and manuals of Al Qaeda, Hamas. and other terrorists from around the world and throughout the ages
New York: Reed Press. Sections : 2004 :
Mandatory

Marchak Patricia
Reigns of terror
Montreal & Kingston : McGill-Queens University Press : cop. 2003 : 306 s. :
ISBN: 0-7735-2641-2 (inb.)
Mandatory
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Coady C. A. J
Morality and political violence
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press : 2008 : xi, 317 s. :
ISBN: 9780521560009 (hardback)
Mandatory
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Murphy Andrew R.
The Blackwell companion to religion and violence
Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell : 2011 : 615 s. :
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ISBN: 9781405191319 (hardback)
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The Oxford handbook of genocide studies
Bloxham Donald, Moses A. Dirk
Oxford : Oxford University Press : 2010. : xii, 675 p. :
ISBN: 9780199677917 (pbk)
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Schmid Alex Peter
The Routledge handbook of terrorism research
London : Routledge : 2011 : 718 s. :
ISBN: 9780415411578 (hbk.)
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