C-SAP has awarded around £12,000 to a team from the Teaching About Terrorism Group to study how Terrorism and political violence are taught across the UK. The team is led by David Miller (Strathclyde) and includes Marie Breen Smyth (Abersytwyth) and Dave Whyte (Liverpool).
This project aims to research the extent and nature of teaching about terrorism in UK Universities in Sociology, Politics and Criminology. This is important because of the renewed interest in teaching and researching terrorism that has hugely expanded post 11 September 2001. It is also because the teaching of terrorism has become a topic of some controversy as a result of government, media and law enforcement interest, with considerable resulting uncertainty about what constitutes appropriate and legal content for teaching and learning.
The project aims to
• Survey the extent and nature of teaching about terrorism across the UK HE sector in three related disciplines.
• Analyse patterns of provision and best practice markers.
• Examine selected cases of challenges in teaching about terrorism.
• Examine selected cases of ‘best practice’ in teaching about terrorism.
• Construct a guide to the range of terrorism studies in the UK.
• Provide guidance to the HE community on how to handle challenges and promote best practice.
The project aims to significantly benefit social science learning and teaching in that it will catalogue challenges to effective teaching, tease out and clarify the ethical issues involved and identify best practice. This will help to work towards real change in the teaching of terrorism.
The project is scheduled to run for a year from August 2009.