Curricular Unit:Code:
Terrorism and Security Measures780TMSG
3UndergraduateCriminology6 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Winter SemesterPortuguese/English78
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
To have knowledge and ability to understand concepts, theories and knowledge in the area of terrorism;
To apply the knowledge and understanding acquired capacity in order to allow for proper assessment and resolution of problems specific problems of terrorism and adoption of security and safety measures to reduce its impact.
To develop skills to support solutions and opinions expressed in the analysis of security and safety issues, as well as developing anti-terrorist measures;
To improve written communication skills;
1. Forms and dynamics of terrorist activity
1.1 Different types of terrorism
2. Conceptualization of terrorism
2.1 normative concept
2.1 criminological concept
3. Recent trends in terrorist practice
4. Contributions criminological on the causes of terrorism
4.1. Socio- structural approaches
4.2 Psycho- individual approaches
4.3 Psychosocial Approaches
4. Financing of terrorist activity and related criminal activities
5. Prevention and security measures to combat terrorism
5.1 National Strategies
5.2 International Strategies
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
Syllabus contents focus on specific theoretical issues in the area of terrorism, thus enabling the fulfillment of the course objectives, specifically: to have knowledge and ability to understand for the study of terrorism; To apply the knowledge and understanding acquired capacity in order to allow for proper assessment of terrorist actions and implementation of Security & Safety measures to prevent terrorism.
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
Theoretical-practical methodology that combine a structured and articulated presentation of the themes included in the syllabus with group discussions (programmed beforehand) among students, so that students can apply theoretical knowledge and concepts to practical situations.
- Two written tests
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
The use of a theoretical-practical methodology as above detailed allows students to acquire knowledge (e.g., through the reading of the texts included in the bibliography and the attendance to classes), demonstrate their ability to critically reasoning (e.g., group discussions), demonstrate capacity to perform a critical analysis (e.g., written tests).
Hobsbawm, Eric (2008). Globalização, Democracia e Terrorismo. Lisboa: Editorial Presença.
Hoffman, Bruce (2006). Inside Terrorism. Nova Iorque: Columbia University Press.
Kushner, Harvey (1998). The future of terrorism: violence in the New Millennium / ed. Harvey W. California: Sage Publications.
Martin, Clarence Augustus (2016). Understanding Terrorism: Challenges, Perspectives, and Issues. California: Sage Publications.
Moreira, Adriano (Ed) (2004). Terrorismo. Coimbra: Almedina.
Newburn, Tim (2013). Criminology. Abingdon: Routledge.
Schmid, Alex (Ed) (2011). The Routledge handbook of terrorism research. Abindgon: Routledge.
Torres, José (2009). Terrorismo islâmico. Gestão dos Riscos para a Segurança Nacional. Lisboa: Universidade Autónoma Editora.
Valente, Manuel Guedes (2010). Direito penal do inimigo e o terrorismo: o “progresso ao retrocesso”. Coimbra: Almedina.