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Contemporary Politics: Teaching the ‘Contested Concepts’ – International Terrorism Taught to Undergraduate Students in a Multicultural Environment

  • Knut Roder

Abstract

Since September 11th, March 11th and the London bombings, global terrorism and with it perceived new realities have increased the interest among undergraduate students to enrol in courses that deal specifically with the phenomena of war, conflict, the use of force in IR and International Terrorism within the Political Science discipline. Students are naturally attracted to classes that deal with controversial topics, as they are aware of their more challenging and contested nature. Subjects such as terrorism are current, controversial, and hold the potential to touch very uncomfortable ground for teachers and students. For this reason, teaching ‘sensitive topics’ poses additional pedagogical challenges to teachers, in particular if students are from diverse backgrounds and have different personal belief systems. Classes call for a more carefully planned (not to mention, controlled) class structure and greater efforts need to be made to carefully and consciously optimize a positive and tolerant learning atmosphere and classroom environment.

Keywords

Classroom Environment Terrorist Organization International Terrorism Global Terrorism Classroom Atmosphere 
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A guide to further reading/watching

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