Since 2013, SSP has offered a direct exchange program with the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews. St Andrews is the oldest university in Scotland and is home to the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence. The exchange allows up to 5 students from SSP to attend St Andrews during the spring semester, earning 9 credits towards their SSP M.A. upon completion.
Participating SSP students enroll full-time in 60 credits at St Andrews for the spring semester (the equivalent of nine Georgetown credits). St Andrews uses a module system for courses. Examples of these modules include:
Terrorism and Theories of Collective Action (30 credits)
Increasingly, terrorism and political violence is coming to be seen in the wider theoretical context of political collective action, social movement theory and ‘contentious politics’, a process which has been assisted on the one hand by this field’s own growing interest in transnational activism, and recently by growing interest in civil resistance as a neglected area in the study of insurgency within the framework of conflict studies and IR.This module will address such issues as: What does it mean to take a ‘political collective action’ approach to terrorism? Social movement theory and terrorism; Terrorism and high-risk activism: understanding recruitment and mobilization; Terrorism and the Collective Action Repertoire; New Social Movements, New Terrorism? Terrorism in the Context of Transnational Activism
Terrorism and Liberal Democracy (30 credits)
This module addresses: conceptual and definitional issues concerning terrorism; the relationship of terrorism to other forms of political violence; the origins, dynamics and development of contemporary terrorism; the efficacy of terrorism as a political weapon; the dilemmas and challenges of liberal democratic state responses to terrorism; and case studies in terrorism and counter-terrorism.
Please note that the available modules and/or elective topics may change from year to year, and the choices available reflect the expertise of the CSTPV staff. Students work with their SSP Academic Advisor to ensure that their degree requirements are met while they are abroad. For more information on the School of International Relations, visit their website at st-andrews.ac.uk/ir.
Application to the exchange is competitive. Interested applicants should plan to prepare the following:
- A written statement of purpose (500-750 words) outlining your educational background and interests, career goals, and how you will benefit from your participation in the St Andrews Exchange
- A current transcript reflecting all completed courses
- First-semester students will use their transcripts from undergraduate and any previous graduate coursework, as applications are due during the fall semester
- A current résumé or CV
- Contact information (name, email, and phone number) for three academic references. At least one reference must be from an SSP professor.
Further details about application deadlines and procedures will be provided to students in the fall semester.