Subject: SOCI20007 Terrorism: Shifting Paradigms
3 Comments on SOCI20007 Terrorism: Shifting Paradigms
Quite a difficult subject - steeped in a lot of psychoanalytic theory - but I came out of this with a completely different perspective on the modern issues that we face in response to terrorism in a variety of fields. It will change the way you see the world and those around you.
Not really what I expected. The subject focuses on psychoanalytic theory which was really difficult for me to wrap my head around. Despite this I found it very interesting and not like anything I'd ever explored before in my degree. Having said this, I found it really hard to organise my thoughts on the topics and themes covered and found the assessment difficult.
I really enjoyed this subject but it is definitely not at all what I expected and far from any other politics subject. You take a psychoanalytic approach to understanding the development of the human psyche, in particular debunking the myth that human minds can exist in individual autonomy, uninformed by societal influencers. Some pretty vague parallels are then drawn to terrorism which challenge key ideas of 'what is terrorism?' (especially as it varies between Ireland, South Africa and the Middle East as the three main case studies). There are better subjects to take if you just want to learn about modern terrorism but it's still a really interesting subject for sociological reasons. I also thought it was really well structured and well taught.