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Instructor Class Description

Time Schedule:

Peter Soverel
SIS 490
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

Content varies from quarter to quarter.

Class description

This seminar will examine the causes and consequences of terrorism, strategies for combating transnational violence, and tensions between counter-terrorism actions and democratic values.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction


Recommended preparation

Required readings have not yet been determined. Some suggestions: Bernard Lewis, What Went Wrong: Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response Robert Pape: Dying to Win: the Logic of Suicide Terrorism Marc Sageman, Understanding Terror Networks The US Army-Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual, forward by David. H. Petraeus (University of Chicago Press, 2007). Also available online: Petraeus, DH, Mattis, JN. Counterinsurgency, FM 3-24. Dept. of the Army: (Final draft-not for implementation) 16 June, 2006. Max Boot, The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power

Class assignments and grading

7-10 page essays on assigned topics; (20% each) 15-20 page research paper (40%) Class participation (20%)

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by M Jane Meyerding
Date: 10/19/2007