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Fringe Politics and Extremist Violence: An Introduction to Terrorism (12 points)


Leader: Dr Pete Lentini

Clayton Second semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit conducts a comparative examination of extra-parliamentary and extra-legal political movements ranging from religious fundamentalists, hate groups, and direct action protesters and related bodies of thought and forms of political action. The unit addresses the following questions: What is political extremism? What conditions have contributed to the emergence of extra-parliamentary and extra-legal political activities? Who defines political extremism? To what extent have 'extreme' ideas entered into 'mainstream' political discourse, debates and policies? How have the processes of globalisation affected these groups' modes of operations?

Assessment: Essay (6000 word essay ): 50% + 3 hour seen exam (equivalent of 3000 words): 50%

Contact Hours: 2 hour seminar per week

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