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POLS214 Islam, Politics, and the Challenge of Terrorism

The key objective of this paper is to provide a better understanding of the issues highlighted by the emergence of Islam as a major political force in our time, and the preference of some groups to perpetrate acts of terror in the name of Islam. Includes both conceptual analysis and case studies.

"Islamic terrorism" dominated the news in the first decade of the 21st century, and the second decade has started with the emergence of the "Arab Spring". In both these prominent phenomena of our time, Islam plays a real or an alleged role. The main aim of this paper is to help students distinguish the "real" from the "alleged" and the fact from fiction.

Paper title Islam, Politics, and the Challenge of Terrorism
Paper code POLS214
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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One 100-level POLS paper or 72 points.
Schedule C
Arts and Music
May not be credited together with POLS 232 passed in 2002-2007.
An interest in national and international affairs is an advantage.
To be advised.
Teaching staff
To be advised.
Paper Structure
The conceptual part of the paper discusses Islam; Islam and politics; violence and morality; Jihad; and terrorism and Islam's view on it.

The case studies include the role of Islam in the politics of Afghanistan, Iran, Palestine, Iraq and the "Arab Spring", as well as al Qaeda and the "war on terror" and Islam's encounter with and image in the West.
To be advised.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics.
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Learning Outcomes
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Not offered in 2018

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system