Various topics designed to respond to faculty and student interests and needs.
This is an introductory course for studying terrorist groups and individuals, terrorist origins, goals, and ideologies, and counterterrorism. Work in this course involves examination of the structure and dynamics of terrorism in America, Europe, the Middle East, Latin American, Asia, and Africa. Terrorist weapons, strategies and tactics, the hot spots in which they operate, their use of the media, and theories of counterterrorism are all covered. The history, present, and future of terrorism are equally emphasized. Students will review definitions and typologies of terrorism, analyze specific actions in context, discuss intelligence concepts and components, and be tested over their understanding of such material. They will write a term paper demonstrating their ability to research a terrorist problem in depth and argue for an effective counterterrorism policy.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lecture and group presentation.
Media awareness regarding the topic.
Class assignments and grading
Two exams, a short policy paper and a group presentation based on the paper.
The final grade will be based upon: Final examination 30 points Mid-term examination 20 points Policy Presentation Brief 20 points Written Brief 20 points Participation 10 points