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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
EPP8084280, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
EP2444, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge VALENTINE LOMELLINI SPS/06

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses SPS/06 History of International Relations 9.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 65 160.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: Good knowledge of Contemporary History and History of International Relations.
Target skills and knowledge: 1. Overall knowledge of history of terrorism and States’ responses, from the end of XVII Century to the present-day;
2. Capacity to analyse the phenomenon of terrorism in an historical and diachronic framework;
3. Ability to develop autonomous research on the topics covered by the course, and in particular: to design under supervision a research plan of limited scope, and implement it using the methods and techniques that are appropriate within the discipline involved.
4. Capability to explain clear and substantiated research results; to provide an answer to questions concerning a subject in the field covered by the course in the form of a clear and well-structured oral presentation and in agreement with the appropriate disciplinary criteria.
5. Capacity to actively participate in a discussion following the class presentations.
Examination methods: The evaluation will be based on the following criteria:

For attending students: class presentation or 3500 words essay, and participation in discussion sessions (50%); written exam (50%).

For non-attending students: written exam (100%).
Assessment criteria: 1. Overall knowledge of history of terrorism and States’ responses, from the end of XVIII Century to the present-day;
2. Capacity to analyse the phenomenon of terrorism in an historical and diachronic framework;
3. Ability to develop autonomous research on the topics covered by the course.
Course unit contents: The course will deal with the historical evolution of terrorism and counterterrorism over the past 150 years, in the wide context of both diplomatic and transnational history. It will provide an in-depth analysis of several important terrorist crises and the reactions to them in the West and beyond.

The general framework is laid out in three parts:
1. The roots of the phenomenon: definition of terrorism in history between the XVIII and XIX Centuries. It introduces students to the debates over the definition of terrorism and the causes of the phenomenon. It explores the use of terrorism both by institutional and state apparatus and by non-state groups.

2. Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism prior to the Cold War. It explores the concept of terrorism, the types of terrorism and prominent terrorist groups in the first global wave of terrorism in the first half of the 1900s.
In detail:
- Anarchist terrorism;
- Russian terrorism;
- Terrorism of State;
- Terrorism in time of War.

3. Western experience with terrorisms (national and international) and the issue of security (the cases of United States, France, German Federal Republic, and Italy). This part focuses on the ideologies that motivate individuals and groups to resort to terrorism in the wide cadre of international relations, between the Cold War and the rise of the multipolar world.
Furthermore, it describes the impact of state response toward terrorism both in the international and European scenarios.
In detail:
- National terrorism: ideological terrorism and counterterrorism policies;
- The roots of International Terrorism in the Cold War system;
- European States' response toward International Terrorism in the XX century.

Finally, the course will also provide a brief analysis of contemporary terrorism and counter-terrorism, in comparative, historical and diachronic perspective, drawing distinctions between “traditional” terrorism and "new" international terrorism.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The first part of the course will be organized in lectures; the second part will include students' presentations, which are compulsory for attending-students.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Attending-students:
material provided during the class.

Non-attending students: TEXTBOOK+1 MONOGRAPH
Chaliand-Blin, "The history of terrorism. From Antiquity to ISIS", University of California Press, Oakland, 2016.

Toaldo, Blumenau, Raflik (see details below).
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Chaliand Gérard, Blin, Arnaud (eds), The history of terrorism. From Antiquity to ISIS. Oakland: University of California Press, 2016. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Toaldo, Mattia, The origins of the US war on terrorism: Lebanon, Libya and American intervention in the Middle East. Abingdon: Routledge, 2013. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Raflik, Jenny, Terrorisme et mondialisation. Paris: Gallimard, 2016. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Blumenau, Bernhard, The United Nations and Terrorism: Germany, Multilateralism, and Antiterrorism Efforts in the 1970s. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Work-integrated learning

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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