This course surveys the development and evolution of the specific form of international and national political violence: terrorism. Emphasis will be placed on the theories of the causes, historical development, governmental and international responses and counter-terrorism strategies. Attention will be given to the political dilemmas posed by terrorism in democratic societies. Emphasis will be placed on American policy during the last forty years.
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Understand the historical development of terrorism.
- Understand of the international political and legal context in which terrorism must be controlled.
- Understand the impact of the end of the Cold War.
- Understand the typologies of terrorist actions and the perpetrators.
- Understand the strategy and tactics used by terrorists.
- Understand the organization, financing and networking of terrorist groups and states.
- Analyze the politics of terrorism.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Midterm (Week 4)
Case Study (5-10 page paper) (Week 7)
Final (Week 8)
(Available through Charter Oak’s online bookstore)
- Combs, Cynthia. Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century. 8th ed. Prentice Hall, Inc., 2018. ISBN-10: 1-138-67139-8 or ISBN-13: 978-1-138-67139-3
- Howard, Russell and Bruce Hoffman. Terrorism and Couterterrorism: Understanding the New Security Enviroment, Readings and Interpretations. 4th ed. McGraw-Hill, 2012. ISBN-10: 0-07-352778-5 or ISBN-13: 978-0-07-352778-9
- White, Jonathan. Terrorism and Homeland Security: An Introduction. 9th ed. Cengage Learning, 2017. ISBN-10: 1-305-63377-6 or ISBN-13: 978-1-305-63377-3
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