Terrorism in the Contemporary World

Course details

From £1365.00

Sun 28 Jul 2019 - Sat 03 Aug 2019

Terrorism in the Contemporary World


The Oxford Experience is a residential summer programme providing one-week courses in a variety of subjects aimed at non-specialists. It offers a choice of seminars each week over a period of six weeks.

Today we associate terrorism with Paris, Nigeria and 9/11, but the motivations of terrorists are as old as human conflict itself, although to an outsider often difficult to fathom. Is one man’s terrorist really another man’s freedom fighter? This course will answer that question and many more and identify the common threads that link terrorist movements. It will also outline their development and suggest ways by which we may comprehend and combat them. To facilitate understanding and debate, the focus will be on terrorism after the Second World War.

Programme details

Seminars meet each weekday morning, 09.15-10.45 and 11.15-12.45, with afternoons free for course-related field trips, individual study or exploring the many beautiful places in and around the city.


Kaleidoscope of Conflict: introduction and definitions.


Deserts and Green fields: an overview of African and European terrorism


God’s Furious Warriors: Al –Qaeda and ISIS.


Hearts and Minds: state responses.


Philosophy of the Bomb: inside the mind of the terrorist.


Recommended reading

Richardson, Louise.  What Terrorists Want.  London: Random House, 2007.

Burleigh, Michael.  Blood and Rage: A Cultural History of Terrorism.  London: Harper Perennial, 2009.

Burke, Jason.  Al-Qaeda: The True Story of Radical Islam.  London: Penguin Books, 2007.


During your course, you will stay in typical Oxford student accommodation at Christ Church in buildings which range from the 18th to the 20th century. Bedrooms are modestly-furnished, do not have air-conditioning and are arranged on a staircase of four or five floors.

The fee £1545 includes a bedroom with private bathroom facilities (shower, washbasin and toilet). Most are single but a few twins are available for couples or those who wish to share with a friend. Those couples wishing to book a twin room should contact us direct ipoxex@conted.ox.ac.uk, as these rooms cannot be booked online.

There are also a few standard rooms available which all have their own washbasin and shaver point but the bath and toilet facilities on each staircase are shared. To apply for one of these rooms please select the ‘Programme Fee (with single standard accommodation and meals)’ option on the application form.  Early application for these rooms is essential.

Most standard rooms are single but there are a few ‘twin sets’ (two single rooms opening off a sitting room). If you wish to book a twin set, please contact us direct ipoxex@conted.ox.ac.uk, as these rooms cannot be booked online.

Please indicate your accommodation preferences (either online or on your application form) together with a note of any mobility problems.

We regret that we are unable to offer you accommodation at Christ Church prior to or following your course. Additionally, family or friends who are not enrolled in the programme cannot be accommodated in college.


Programme fee (with single en-suite accommodation and meals): £1545.00
Programme fee (with single standard accommodation and meals): £1365.00


Dr Mark Radford


Mark Radford PhD is a former member of the Regular British army and Royal Ulster Constabulary. He is an Honory Colonel in the reserves and cadets. He teaches modern history for OUDCE and his latest work on Irish history was published by Bloomsbury in 2015.

Assessment methods

There are no assessments for this course.


Online registration closes on Wednesday 1 May 2019 but please note that this course may be fully booked very quickly so early registration is recommended.