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Course content

Our Terrorism, Security & Society MA is an interdisciplinary course that draws on history, political science, international relations, sociology, social psychology and risk studies to understand international security threats. Because of the complex nature of terrorism, we believe it is valuable to study it from a variety of perspectives. On this course, you will focus on security and counterterrorism issues and on a critical social science approach, and analyse society’s response and adaptation to the phenomenon.

Key benefits

  • Our unrivalled mix of ‘professional’ (such aspolice, security, law, media) and ‘traditional’ (e.g. psychology, classics, war studies, geography) students creates an interactive, engaging and dynamic classroom experience.
  • You will have the opportunity to link your MA dissertation with government and other professional departments in order to gain exclusive access and hands-on experience.
  • Close links and regular speakers from government and emergency response organisations will give you insights and up-to-the-minute knowledge of the subject area.
  • Adds a unique element to the way in which the issues of terrorism and security are understood by addressing the multi-dimensional and multi-disciplinary nature of the phenomenon.

Description

The complex nature of terrorism and counter terrorism demands a multi-dimensional and multi-disciplinary analysis. Our course provides an overview of the related theories and paradigms and will prepare you to undertake further research or to enter careers that require an understanding of these issues.

We will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of one of the most contested concepts in contemporary discourse – terrorism – and its relationship with relevant and related issues in the field of security studies.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

For lectures, seminars and feedback, you will typically have two hours per week over two 10-week terms per 40-credit module. This can be split into one lecture + one seminar or other combinations thereof. You will also have 360 hours of self-study. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work. 

For the dissertation module, you will have 12 hours of training workshops and supervision to complement the 588 hours of self-study.

Assessment

  • Most modules will be assessed through a combination of essays, presentation, oral vivas and/or exams.
  • The dissertation module assessment will be based on a 100% dissertation assignment (up to 15,000 words).

Career prospects

War Studies graduates go on to work for NGOs, the FCO, the MOD, the Home Office, NATO, the UN or pursue careers in journalism, finance, academia, the diplomatic services, the armed forces and more. Recent posts held by our alumni include Threat Analyst, Director of Political Violence Forecasting, Research Advisor at NATO Defence College, Foreign Policy Fellow.


Visit the Terrorism, Security & Society - MA page on the King’s College London website for more details!

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