Terrorism, Crime and Justice

University of Limerick

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Terrorism, Crime and Justice

  • Host University

    University of Limerick

  • Location

    Limerick, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Criminal Justice, Criminology, Justice Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Module Aim

    This summer school is designed to introduce visiting students to the criminal justice system and theories relating to crime and terrorism. Students will learn how the criminal law operates at both practical and theoretical levels, as well as developing an insight into trends and theories on terrorism, one of the most challenging international crimes in contemporary times. This module is offered solely to visiting students from universities outside of the jurisdiction.


    The course is divided into three parts.

    • Part 1 looks at criminal justice processes and explores issues such as victims rights, defendants rights, and theories of sexual crimes.
    • Part 2 Explores fascinating criminological and penological theories, illuminating concepts such as the evolution of punishment, control, deviance and desistence.
    • Part 3 explores terrorism and the challenges it poses, including the history of ‘uneasy governance’ in Ireland, the use of emergency laws and the impact of terrorism on the Rule of Law.

    Learning Outcomes

    Cognitive (Knowledge, Understanding, Application, Analysis, Evaluation, Synthesis)

    On successful completion of this module, students should be able to: Describe the operation of the criminal law at both practical and theoretical levels; Identify the key requirements for defining crime and criminal liability; Evaluate trends and theories on terrorism and related criminal justice issues; Determine the impact of historical events in shaping and defining emergency laws in Ireland; Utilise criminological theories in order to gain a deeper understanding of crime and the social and cultural influences that shape laws.

    Affective (Attitudes and Values)

    On successful completion of this module, students should be able to: Understand the various criminological and penological perspectives experienced in the course; Appreciate the rights of victims and defendants in the criminal process; Evaluate the impact of terrorism on the Rule of Law.


    Prime Text/s

    Kilcommins & Vaughan (2008) Terrorism, Rights and the Rule of Law: Negotiating State Justice in Ireland , Wilan Publishing

    Other relevant text and sources:

    Campbell, Kilcommins, O’Sullivan and Cusack (2021) Criminal Law in Ireland: Cases and Commentaries, 2nd ed , Clarus Press Healy, Hamilton, Daly and Butler (2020) The Routledge Handbook of Irish Criminology , Routledge Leahy and Fitzgerald O’Reilly (2018) Sexual Offending in Ireland: Laws Procedures and Punishment , Clarus Press Robert W. White, Tijen Demirel-Pegg & Vijay Lulla (2021) ‘Terrorism, counterterrorism and ‘the rule of law’: state repression and ‘shoot-to-kill’ in Northern Ireland’ , Irish Political Studies 36:2, 263-290 Fearghal McGarry (2021) ‘Political Violence in Ireland’ in Richard English (ed) The Cambridge History of Terrorism. , Cambridge University Press Rogan (2014) Prison Law , Bloomsbury Professional Rogan (2011) Prison Policy in Ireland: Politics, penalwelfarism and political imprisonment , Routledge. (reading list subject to change).

    Sites We Visit 

    • Henry Street Garda Station Limerick
    • Spike Island
    • Limerick City and Environs
    • Dublin City
    • Cliffs of Moher/Lahinch

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations


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