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POLS5:  INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM


Course Description

This course centers on conceptually defining terrorism (all types-foreign and domestic, left and right-wing, religious, environmental, and political, state and non-state), tracing the history and beginnings of modern international and domestic terrorism, critically examining the various U.S.- global responses to the 9-11-01 attacks, as well as generally evaluating and assessing how countries and people around the world try to cope with, prevent and/or respond to attacks by terrorist organizations, groups, or acts of terrorism perpetrated by nation-states or groups working with nation-states. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. This course is also listed as AJ 5.


Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and analyze the historical and conceptual frameworks that precipitate terrorism in the modern world
  • Illustrate ideology, method, and motivation of numerous modern terrorist groups, in both domestic and non-Western societies, including how global problems impact a groupís decision to engage in terrorist activities
  • Recognize the interconnection between actors in the international system and the affects that terrorism in one country have on other countries. Identify the role of cooperation in solving complex international problems.
  • Employ the methods of research to find information, analyze its content,&incorporate information into written work about international terrorism
  • Explain and define the concept"International Terrorism"
  • Identity and analyze the roots/history of international terrorism
  • Identify and analyze the structure and significance of domestic terrorism throughout the world
  • Identify, explain, and analyze counter-terrorism strategies employed by governments and communities around the world
  • Explain and analyze the social, political, and economic precedents which cultivate terror and the psychological results that follow terrorist attacks in order to recognize shared international problems related to national security and terrorism and to compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of potential solutions.
  • Evaluate theories regarding the methods decision-makers use to resolve conflict and better understand the nature of value judgments.


Last modified: November 25, 2014
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