Core Module Information
Module title: Fictions of Terror: From Dynamite Violence to Media Spectacle

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CLP10126
Module leader: Arin Keeble
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Humanities


Description of module content:

On the Fictions of Terror module, students will engage with the way literature and culture has responded to one of the most inflammatory and divisive global phenomena: terrorism. We will work through a diverse range of texts and contexts beginning with Joseph Conrad’s account of a London bomb plot in The Secret Agent (1907) – which includes the first literary ‘suicide bomber’ and concluding more than 100 years later with contemporary texts such as Hany Abu-Assad’s cinematic exploration of suicide violence, Paradise Now (2005) and Amy Waldman’s 9/11 novel The Submission (2013). Despite this diversity, the texts on the syllabus invite us to make connections between the ways they have dealt with terror within different contexts. The module will include novels, poetry, films and a television series as primary texts giving you the chance to compare form and style across different media. Additionally you will engage with key theoretical writing and criticism on terrorism, trauma and contemporary geopolitics. Each week you will learn about a new text and context. However, the overarching trajectory of the module will broadly trace a narrative of globalization and we will discuss and debate the way terrorism has characterised an increasingly global society.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically examine a range of literary and cultural texts within their historical, social, political and literary contexts;
LO2: Compare the ways instances of terrorism around the world have been represented in literature, film and television;
LO3: Critically reflect on scholarly debates about the literature / culture of terror;
LO4: Locate and examine common themes and ideas across a diverse range of media, forms and styles;
LO5: Engage with theoretical writing and criticism around terrorism and the cultural representation of terrorism.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Arin Keeble
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Teaching will take place in the form of weekly lecture-workshops and interactive seminars. The lecture-workshops will provide outlines of key historical, social, political, theoretical and cultural contexts (LOs 1, 2) as well as an introduction to key critical debates and accounts of the primary texts (LOs 3, 5). Seminars will give you a chance to develop and test out your own ideas about the texts, concepts and contexts and benefit from peer and tutor feedback (LOs 1, 2, 3, 4). Seminar activities will include close reading exercises, scene analysis, small group work and flash presentations – all of which provide effective ways of engaging with the texts while simultaneously developing transferable skills. Independent learning will be developed through structured reading / viewing activities (LOs 1, 2, 4) and an extensive module bibliography (LOs 2, 3, 5).

Formative Assessment:

Summative Assessment:
This module will include two summative assessments. The first will take the form of an annotated bibliography which will require you to identify, properly reference and compose a short assessment of five academic sources including a refereed journal article, monograph and edited collection (30%) (LOs 2, 3, 5). You will also receive formative feedback on your bibliography to support you in your preparation of the second assignment. This will be a major 4,000 word project essay which compares two major literary or cultural representations of terrorism and includes at least some reference to and use of theory introduced on the module (70%) (LOs 1,2 3, 4, 5). You must write about at least one of the set primary texts on the syllabus but can choose a second from your own research subject to approval by the module leader.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 10
Face To Face Tutorial 20
Independent Learning Guided independent study 170
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Reflective Log 30 2,3,5 7 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 750
Essay 70 1-5 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 4000
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
CLP10126 Fictions of Terror: From Dynamite Violence to Media Spectacle