This section contains recommendations for a teaching sequence and timing intended to achieve learning outcomes through a three-hour class. The lecturer may wish to disregard or shorten some of the segments below in order to give more time to other elements, including introduction, icebreakers, conclusion or short breaks. The structure could also be adapted for shorter or longer classes, given that the class durations vary across countries.
Ask students to watch the video 'NATO Review-Organized Crime and Terrorist Groups: Comrades or Chameleons'. [Duration: 11.18 min]
Ask students questions about the video. Consider the following for discussion:
The course lecture includes an overview of three theoretical approaches for examining the crime-terrorism nexus: (i) Williams; (ii) Makarenko; and (iii) Shelley et al. This activity allows students to apply what they have learned about the theory underpinning the linkages to real-life examples. Select some case studies, possibly from those provided in the Module, to include in this activity.
Dependent on the number of enrolled students, they could work in groups of 2-3 to do the following:
The objective of this activity is not for students to determine the "right" crime-terrorism interaction/relationship, but rather it is for the students to develop arguments to support why they think the case study represents a type of relationship - or none. Through this activity the students will learn the practical difficulties associated with identifying and tracking relationships between terrorists/terrorist organizations and criminals/organized crime groups.