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|FRCL 10180 - INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM|
The attacks of September 11, 2001 and subsequent events, including two ongoing wars, have forced Americans to confront the phenomenon of international terrorism in a much more regular and engaged manner. In essence, terrorism has gone from being a marginal security concern for most Americans to becoming one of the most pressing issues of our day, both nationally and internationally. Yet, in reality, “terrorism” has been a persistent and widespread phenomenon throughout the rest of the world well before the events of 9/11. It has deep historical roots, and has been an integral part of human political behavior and interaction. This course seeks to analyze the phenomenon of “terrorism” in a highly-analytical and academic (as opposed to normative) way including examining its causes, dynamics, and possible solutions. In this attempt, the course employs an interdisciplinary approach including insights from the fields of political science, history, psychology, sociology, and anthropology. The course also combines a blend of theory (both explanatory and analytical), methodology, and empirics to help students better understand and grasp the multi-faceted complexity of “terrorism” and its wider implications. Thus, the primary goal of this course is to provide students with a critical and rich understanding of the phenomenon of “terrorism,” and to spark their intellectual curiosity for future empirical research on the topic.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours
Schedule Types: Lecture
Freshman Colloquium Department
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