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Student assessment

This section provides suggestions for post-class assignments for the purpose of assessing students' understanding of the Module. Suggestions for pre-class or in-class assignments are provided in the exercises section.

Assessment questions

  • Critically compare past and present forms of terrorism in order to identify and evaluate areas of similarity and difference between them.
  • Do any real distinctions exist between "old" and "new" forms of terrorism? Discuss, with examples.
  • "There is no real difference between the criminal acts or motivations of Al-Qaida and ISIL." Discuss with examples.
  • Critically explain some of the reasons why no universal definition of terrorism currently exists. In light of your findings, do you consider it possible that agreement on a definition might be reached any time soon? Critically examine the United Nations approach to countering terrorism, and threats presented by particular terrorist groups designated by the United Nations Security Council under resolution 1267 (1999). Identify some of the key strengths and weaknesses of this approach, and suggest how, if at all, this approach might be improved.
  • Critically explain the effect, if any, that the absence of a universal definition of terrorism might have on the robustness of procedures for the designation of individuals and groups as terrorists, within the United Nations system under Security resolution 1267 (1999), or at a national or multilateral level (e.g., the European Union). How might any rights-based concerns associated with such procedures be addressed or mitigated?
  • Critically evaluate the different types of terrorist victim. Consider whether and, if so, what type of victims have been the most prevalent within your own region and why.
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