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LAW3035 : Terrorism and Counter-terrorism Law

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Colin Murray
  • Lecturer: Mr Joshua Jowitt
  • Owning School: Newcastle Law School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


1. To acquire knowledge and understanding of the key legal principles and techniques involved in counter-terrorism.

2. To critically analyse the problems democratic states face in conceptualising and responding to terrorism.

3. To enable students to engage with the contemporary legal and political debates about national security and appropriate responses to terrorism.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module is structured into 5 topics which will look at different elements in the UK's response to terrorism.

1. Introduction
Outline the course structure and themes
      War model of terrorism
Crime model of terrorism

2. Criminal Procedure and Counter-Terrorism
      Police Powers
      Intercept Evidence

3. Criminal law responses to terrorism
Criminalising organisations
Criminalising support of terrorism
Problems in conducting terrorism trials

4. Executive and quasi-criminal controls
Internment in Northern Ireland
Indefinite detention of non UK nationals
Control orders
      Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures
5. Counter-Terrorism in Context
International Co-operation in the 'War on Terror'
Deportation of Terrorist Suspects

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture301:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1164:00164:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Both lectures and seminars will be interactive and require advance student preparation. The seminars will also involve a variety of teaching methods, such as group work, presentations and class debates. The rationale for these teaching methods is to promote analytical, argumentative and critical skills essential for discourse. Their will be considerable directed and independent study for both the classes and the assessment. The teaching methods will bring together knowledge, cognitive, research and assessed key skills.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1802A100Answer three questions from a choice of six in 180 minutes.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The emphasis in this module is upon developing analytical skills, critique and innovative thinking. The unseen examination assesses problem solving and application skills across the curriculum. The emphasis in this module is upon developing analytical skills, critique and innovative thinking.

The examination is supported by annotated Approved Source Material to assist students in the development of their arguments and to minimise the role played by memorisation in the assessment. As a result of the time taken to the use this resource in exam conditions, the module assessment requires students to answer three questions from a choice of six in 180 minutes.

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