INRL 7019

Critical review (1200 words).

The review should provide an overview of the piece but, more importantly, it should also critically reflect on the piece and the contribution it is making to the existing literature. It must not just repeat the content of the article.

Essential Reading:

Jackson et al (2011): Chapter 3
Hoskins, A. (2006) ‘Temporality, Proximity and Security: Terror in a Media-Drenched Age’, International Relations 20(4)
Ingram, A & Dodds, K. (2011) ‘Counterterror Culture’, Environment and Planning D, 29 (1)

Supplementary Reading:

Altheide, D. (2007) ‘The mass media and terrorism’, Discourse & Communication, 1 (3)
Applebaum, R. (2014) ‘Fantasias of terrorism’, Journal for Cultural Research, 18 (2)
Baker, M. (2010) ‘Narratives of Terrorism and Security: ‘Accurate Translations, Suspicious Frames’, Critical Studies on Terrorism 3(3) [available free at]
Croft, S. (2006) Culture, Crisis and America’s War on Terror. Cambridge: CUP.
Devetak, R. (2005) ‘The Gothic Scene of International Relations: Ghosts, Monsters, Terror and the Sublime after September 11’, Review of International Studies 31(4)
Dittmer, J. (2005) ‘Captain America’s Empire: Reflections on Identity, Popular Culture and Post-9/11 Geopolitics’, Annals of the Association of American Geographers 95(3)
Dodds, K. (2007) ‘Steve Bell’s Eye: Cartoons, Geopolitics and the Visualization of the “War on Terror”’, Security Dialogue 38(2)
Erickson, C. (2007) ‘Counter-Terror Culture: Ambiguity, Subversion, or Legitimization’,
Security Dialogue 38(2)
Gow, J. (2005) ‘Team America – World Police: Down-Home Theories of Power and Peace’, Millennium: Journal of International Studies 34(2)
Jackson, R. (2005) Writing the War on Terrorism: Language, Politics and Counterterrorism. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
Jackson, R. (2007) ‘Constructing Enemies: “Islamic Terrorism” in Political and Academic Discourse’, Government & Opposition 42(3)
Jarvis, L. & Holland, J. (2014) ‘We [for]got him’: Remembering and Forgetting in the Narration of bin Laden’s death‘, in Millennium: Journal of International Studies 42(2)
Jarvis, L. & Lister, M. (2015) ‘I read it in the FT’, in Jarvis, L. & Lister, M. (eds.) Critical Perspectives on Counter-terrorism. Abingdon: Routledge.
Jarvis, L. (2008) ‘Times of Terror: Writing Temporality into the War on Terror’, Critical Studies on Terrorism 1(2).
Kennedy, L. (2003) ‘Remembering September 11: Photography as Cultural Diplomacy’, International Affairs 79(2)
Lisle, D. (2007) ‘Benevolent Patriotism: Art, Dissent and the American Effect’, Security Dialogue 38(2)
Norris, P. et al (2003) Framing Terrorism: The News Media, The Government, and The Public. London: Routledge.
Power, M. (2007) ‘Digitized Virtuosity: Video War Games and Post-9/11 Cyber-Deterrence’, Security Dialogue 38(2)
Rai, A. (2004) ‘Of Monsters: Biopower, Terrorism and Excess in Genealogies of Monstrosity’, Cultural Studies 18(4)
Riegler, T. (2010) ‘Through the Lenses of Hollywood: Depictions of Terrorism in American Movies’, Perspectives on Terrorism IV(2) [Online journal].
Spencer, A. (2010) The Tabloid Terrorist. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Steuter, E. & Wills, D. (2010) ‘“The Vermin Have Struck Again”: Dehumanizing the Enemy in Post-9/11 Media Representations’, Media, War & Conflict 3(2)
Van Veeren, E. (2009) ‘Interrogating 24: Making Sense of US Counter-terrorism in the Global War on Terrorism’, New Political Science, 31 (3)
Volpi, (2007) ‘Constructing the ‘Ummah’ in European Security: Between Exit, Voice and Loyalty’, Government and Opposition 42(3).

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to: * Brookes Attribute developed
  1. Critically assess debates about definitions of terrorism
Academic literacy
  1. Examine and assess the types and causes of terrorism
Academic literacy
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the main counter terrorism approaches and how these are similar/different to counter insurgency tactics
Academic literacy
  1. Critically examine the cultural impact of terrorism (and its study)
Academic literacy
  1. Demonstrate an advanced knowledge and understanding of the academic literature on terrorism and critical terrorism studies
Research literacy
  1. Manage workloads effectively and set personal goals
Critical self-awareness and personal literacy
  1. Demonstrate the skills of reflective independent learning
Critical self-awareness and personal literacy
  1. Communicate arguments orally and on paper
Critical self-awareness and personal literacy
  1. Develop research skills with information technology
Digital and information literacy
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of how terrorism and counter terrorism impact on equity, sustainability and social justice.
Active Citizenship