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Countering Violent Extremism

Explore the emergence of violent extremism and undertake critical analysis of recent examples of home-grown terrorism to develop counter extremism policies. This important work will help you to develop skills that could make a real difference to people’s lives.

duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: POL30016

contact hours Contact Hours: Recommended 10 hours of study per week

About this unit

This unit introduces students to the concept of violent extremism and to policies designed to counter it. It traces the emergence of the concept of violent extremism in policy discourse and academia, and situates it within terrorism studies more broadly. The unit encourages students to engage in critical analysis of the concept of violent extremism and policies designed to counter it. It uses recent examples of incidents of home-grown extremism and the development of counter extremism policy to help students to analyse the issues in their real-world context.


Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Respond critically to the concepts of violent extremism and countering violent extremism
  • Situate violent extremism within the broader history of terrorism
  • Analyse real-world policy problems concerning violent extremism.

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