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Coventry University: Terrorism, International Crime and Global Security

Institution Coventry University View institution profile
Department School of Humanities
Web www.coventry.ac.uk/postgraduate
Study type Taught

Summary

Our experienced faculty includes active researchers who also work or consult for governments, international organisations and prominent think tanks.

In the most recent national research assessment, the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 69% of Coventry University's research in Politics and International Studies was recognised internationally, of which 32% was considered ‘internationally excellent’.

This course is one of the first in the UK to offer an integrated study of terrorism, organised crime and global security. It will provide you with an informed understanding of key threats that are posed to world politics, how they have evolved and the differing – occasionally controversial – national responses.

Throughout taught sessions, we will draw on case studies and practical illustrations. For instance, during ‘The Ticking Time Bomb Debate’, we consider whether it is justified to use torture on a captured individual, credibly identified as a terrorist leader with knowledge of the whereabouts of a ‘dirty bomb’ capable of killing thousands planted in the centre of London and timed to go off within 24 hours. In another exercise, we undertake a ‘mafia vs antimafia simulation’ on the challenges mafia/organised criminal groups pose to civil society and law enforcement agencies. Previous simulations have included case studies in Mexico, West Africa, the Balkans, Southern Italy and Japan.

Our innovative teaching includes opportunities to enhance your digital skills. For example, during the international security field trip to Sicily (subject to availability, application, additional costs and meeting any applicable visa costs), you will be introduced to a variety of topics analysing both the role of Cosa Nostra and the antimafia experiences in Sicily and state and non-state responses to the trafficking and smuggling of human beings. Then, working in teams, you will have the opportunity to develop an area you are particularly interested in and produce a 10-minute (maximum) information video-podcast on the topic. The podcast must contain at least one of the following, as appropriate to the chosen topic: secondary footage (respecting issues of copyright); primary interviews; and observation (respecting ethical considerations, particularly consent for filming others).

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Coventry University

Coventry University is a dynamic, global and transformative higher education provider, with a proud tradition of innovative teaching and learning. Our two main campuses are in Coventry city centre and the City of London, or you can study 100% online or part online and part on campus.

Why choose Coventry University?

  • Top 30 in the world for our ratio of international students (QS World University Rankings 2023)
  • Ranked 8th for overall satisfaction in the 2022 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES)
  • Awarded five stars by QS in key categories, including, employability, teaching and facilities, and inclusivity (QS Stars …
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