SEST-547 Terrorist Radicalization/Recruitment
Fall for 2017-2018
Hughes, Seamus and Hitchens, Alexander
This course critically examines theories and the practice of violent radicalization and recruitment, as well as the policies and approaches aimed at countering it. It focuses on “homegrown” radicalization and recruitment into Al Qaeda, ISIS and related movements and networks in Europe and North America, but considers other extremist movements, including the far-right.
The course consists of three parts. It begins by exploring the theoretical foundations of radicalization and recruitment, introducing students to the various radicalization models that have been developed while also offering insight into the academic criticisms the study of radicalization has faced over the last decade and a half. The second part takes at how radicalization has manifested in the West, with a focus on how ISIS has recruited and operated in America. It will include discussion on the use of the Internet by extremists, how the role of women in terrorism has evolved and the emergence of lone-actor terrorism. Finally, the course examines counter-radicalization in theory and practice, including a number of case studies and providing a summary overview of de-radicalization programs.
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