1.1.1 Course objectives and structure
This is a short course in international politics and media sociology, and has three objectives.
- To examine the military and political response of the US, the UK and their allies to terrorist threats. The course offers a brief and straightforward introduction to the changing nature of war and terrorism.
- To examine the role the media plays in defining the nature of political violence, representing global conflicts, and shaping popular and elite perceptions of the terrorist threat.
- To discuss the growing securitisation of many areas of social life, and explore how the British state balances the trade-off between security and civil liberty in the face of organised and disorganised terrorism.
The course’s overall objective, by exploring the varied geopolitical causes and consequences of 9/11, is to provide a simple introduction to contemporary, cutting-edge issues in international politics and media studies. It will help you to make better sense of some key contemporary global events and to evaluate some of the public policies an event such as 9/11 can prompt.
The course is taught over 10 sections, with a series of activities throughout.