MA in Civilisation, Terrorism and Dissent

  • Location: Hull Campus
  • Duration: F/T 1 year; P/T 2 years


The aim of this MA is to provoke intellectual work of the highest quality into the actions and ideologies of leading international players such as the US and UK administrations, the United Nations, the WTO (and other facets of the institutional architecture of the global economy) and groups using overt violence such as Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah.

One recurring question is: in what ways do assumptions about civilisation, progress/development and barbarism underpin the actions of and conflicts between such actors?

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This programme is made up of core and optional modules and a 15,000-word dissertation.

Topics covered in the two core modules include discourses of civilisation and barbarism in history; contemporary political ideologies across the globe; different attitudes to rebellion and political conflict; and various justifications offered for terrorism, civil disobedience and dissent.

Modules may include the following (please note that the list is indicative only and is subject to change):

  • Capitalism, Alienation and Power
  • China and the New World Order
  • Communications and International Politics
  • Contemporary Terrorism Studies and the Causes of Terrorism
  • Discourses of Civilisation and Barbarism
  • Global Communications, Globalisation and Development
  • Globalisation and Governance in Practice
  • Intelligence and Statecraft
  • IR Theory: Classical and Post-Classical Approaches
  • IR Theory: Practical Applications and Case Studies
  • Political Economy of Global Communications
  • Political Economy in perspective
  • Strategic Studies and Security I
  • Strategic Studies and Security II: Strategy Applied
  • Strategic Thinkers I: Precursors to the Information Age
  • Strategic Thinkers II: The Information Age
  • Terrorism, Civil Disobedience and Dissent
  • The British Idealists: Community, the State and Time
  • The Environment in Theory and Practice
  • The International Politics of the Environment I: Comparative Perspective
  • The EU: National and International Perspectives
  • The EU: Political Integration and Policy Analysis
  • The Political Economy of Development

Modules are delivered by seminar to small groups of students.


A good undergraduate honours degree.

International students (language requirements)
If your first language is not English, you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency.

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This innovative MA enables you to explore in depth some of the most pressing political phenomena of our time: terrorism, civil disobedience and the enforcement of ideas about 'civilisation'.


Research areas
Political theory and philosophy of terrorism; theories of civilisation and barbarism; British idealism and associated movements; environmental philosophy; critical political economy; modern and contemporary political philosophy.

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