Tampere Summer School

Global Terrorism: Political Violence in a Global Age - Tampere Summer School

Language of instruction: English

Number of ECTS: 5

Course code: PEACE045

Discipline: Peace and Conflict Research

Level of studies: Intermediate/advanced

Min-max number of students: 10-20



Application period



0-600 euros


The global geo-political context of terrorism and war is analysed with the central focus directed to the evolution of global terrorism and the forms it has taken in the post WWII and post Cold War era. Terrorism is one of many challenges to the sovereign power of nation-states and the most pressing of the political problems associated with this ‘global crisis’ of terrorism will be evaluated.

Students explore this challenge essentially through themes inclusive of terror organizations/movements and their development, the complex relationship between terrorism groups and insurgency movements, and the response of modern nation-states and the international community to various types of terrorist organizations. Students apply critical reasoning to complex issues through independent and collaborative research.

Teaching timetable. 


Upon successful completion of this course, it is intended you will be able:

1. Interpret the prevailing patterns within global terrorism.
2. Comprehend the complex delineations that exist within the broad rubric of terrorism.
3. Examine how trans-nationalism and globalisation has affected the use of violence and terror.
4. Recognise and comprehend the origins of key terrorist movements and organizations.
5. Evaluate how states have reacted to and managed the problem of terrorism.
6. Assess the theoretical and methodological debates in terrorism studies, security studies and political science broadly defined.
7. Apply key social science concepts and theories when researching and evaluating information, opinions and arguments.


Students will be accepted to the course in the following order:

1. degree students of the MDP in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research
2. degree students of the other Global Society programmes (MDP in Global and Transnational Studies, MDP in Public Choice, MDP in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare, MDP in Gender Studies)
3. other degree students of TAU
4. exchange students (Master's level exchange students will be given priority)

Teaching material

Global Terrorism: Lutz, Brenda J. Lutz, James M. Routledge.

Assessment methods

Evaluation will be based on essays. 

Evaluation scale: 1-5

Additional information

In questions concerning course content, please contact teacher Robert Imre: robert.imre@tuni.fi

How to apply

Application information can be found here