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Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

Global Terrorism (POLS 3301)

First, we will explore the events leading to and following September 11, 2001. This specific case of terrorism will lead us to a broader investigation of terrorism as a social phenomenon. Armed with our understanding of terrorism as a social reality, we will engage in a counter-terrorism exercise, where will explore the issue of American domestic preparedness against the terrorist threat through investigative research and simulations in which the students will be asked to assume the identity of “terrorists,” and “homeland security agents.” Finally we will examine the political questions involved in the “war of terror” and deliberate on the possible courses of action that United States will and should take in the “war on terror” and the potential responses that significant non-American actors will take in response to measures undertaken by the U.S.

Updated 12.15.2011