Write an essay of 3,000 words on a terrorist movement of your choice. The essay should include a
description and analysis of:
a) the movement’s ideology and the way it understands its role; and
b) the movement’s terrorist tactics (e.g. the bomb attacks it has undertaken, and the role of
Important notes on Essay 1
There are literally scores of terrorist movements to choose from and you may opt for one that is current – such as al-Qaeda and Islamic State/ISIS/ISIL; one that was active at any point in history and in any part of the globe – such as the Provisional IRA in Northern Ireland and the UK, ETA (Euskadi Ta Askatasuna) in Spain, the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, or the Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso) in Peru; or one that operates as a franchise or subsidiary of a wider movement – such as al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
While the list of options is long, it is worth bearing in mind that the reading material in this module relates primarily to al-Qaeda (and its off-shoots), Islamic State / ISIS / ISIL, the Provisional IRA and the Far Right. It therefore follows that you should only choose to write about another movement – say, for example, the Shining Path in Peru, the Baader Meinhof ‘gang’ in Germany, or the Italian Red Brigade – if you are confident you have independent access to key academic texts on those topics. If you do, all well and good, your initiative and enterprise will be welcomed.