This course will focus on the development and evolution of the specific form of international and national political violence known as terrorism. Emphasis will be placed on theories of the causes, historical development, governmental, international responses, and counter-terrorism strategies. Attention will be given to the political dilemmas posed by terrorism in democratic societies, and emphasis will be placed on American policy during the last forty years. (3 credits)
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Evaluate and critique the historical development of terrorism.
- Assess the international political and legal context in which terrorism must be controlled.
- Analyze, critique and compare the impact of globalization and the emergence of the post-Cold War international system on the phenomenon of terrorism in the late 20th and 21st century.
- Compare and examine the typologies of terrorist actions and the perpetrators.
- Examine and evaluate the strategies and tactics used by terrorists.
- Identify and evaluate the organizational structures, financing and networking of terrorist groups and states.
- Analyze the politics of terrorism.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
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Course Activities and Grading
Midterm (Week 4)
Case Study (5-10 page paper) (Week 7)
Final (Week 8)
Available through Charter Oak State College'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
- White, Jonathan. Terrorism and Homeland Security: An Introduction. 10th ed. Cengage Learning, 2022. ISBN-10: 0-357-63384-9 or ISBN-13: 978-0-357-63384-7
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