SEST-546 Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Spring for 2017-2018
This course examines the nexus of terrorist threat and governmental response. It has been crafted with the events of September 11th 2001 and since in mind and therefore is intended to acquaint students with the dynamics of both terrorism and counterterrorism and by doing so to establish a solid foundation upon which further expertise can be built.
The course considers a wide range of questions in order to provide students with a deeper understanding of the threat of terrorism today. Among the questions it examines are: What is terrorism? How has the threat of terrorism changed over time? What motivates different types of terrorist groups? When does terrorism succeed and fail? How can terrorism best be fought? Specifically, the course will analyze both terrorism's effectiveness as a means to achieve political change and the challenges faced by the liberal democratic state in responding to domestic and/or international terrorist campaigns. The first part of the course seeks to provide the student with a firm historical foundation and clear understanding of the aims, motivations and justifications of terrorists. The second part of the course then focuses on terrorist tactics, targeting, and motivation. The final part addresses some of the key policy issues facing liberal democratic states in responding to domestic and/or international terrorism, thereby enabling students to better understand the power and limitations of the liberal democratic state in countering terrorism.
Prerequisites: SSP Students Only
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Fall '17: Palarino R (file download)
Fall '17: Hoffman B (file download)
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