Singapore University of Social Sciences

Terrorism and Society: Survey of Terrorist Groups in Modernity

Terrorism and Society: Survey of Terrorist Groups in Modernity (SEC341)

Applications Open: 01 October 2023

Applications Close: 15 November 2023

Next Available Intake: January 2024

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1391.78 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Others

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Business


There are three reasons students need to learn about terrorist groups: (1) these groups are the basis for analysing terrorism; (2) understanding of terrorist groups will be useful for practical and applied portfolios in the police force, immigration, customs and other security agencies; and, (3) terrorist groups have a high impact on politics and society. The course is divided into three phases: Phase I: Barbarism; Phase II: Ancient and medieval terrorism; and Phase III: Modern forms of terrorism – from globalization to modernity. The course concludes with the impact of terrorism on Non-Traditional Security (NTS) regimes.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January


  • Pre-historical terrorism or barbarism
  • Ancient & medieval forms of terrorism
  • Modern terrorist groups
  • Terrorist groups
  • Terrorism & globalization
  • Terrorism & the law

Learning Outcome

  • Appraise the different concepts of terrorism in modernity.
  • Distinguish legitimate and non-legitimate power in modernity.
  • Examine causes and roots of terrorism in modernity.
  • Propose factors responsible for the development of terrorism.
  • Arrange the different terrorist groups in Southeast Asia in order of their political impact.
  • Judge the extent of terrorist groups since 9/11.
  • Synthesize the impact of post-war security policies on terrorist groups in Asia.
  • Assess the inter-connectedness of global terrorist networks.
  • Evaluate the measures used by counterterrorists to address terrorist groups
  • Rate terrorist activity in Southeast Asia since the death of Osama bin Laden.
  • Compare and contrast terrorist groups in modernity.
  • Critique Jemaah Islamiyah’s networks in Southeast Asia.
  • Apply security studies concepts to seminar discussions.
  • Interpret work-based problems with concepts in security studies.
  • Demonstrate competence in academic writing (political science).
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