Political TerrorismPOL 229W
Prerequisite: READING LEVEL 3; or WRITING LEVEL 3; or concurrent enrollment in WRT 098. Studies state- and non-state sponsored terrorism: definition, causes and motives, purposes, and nature of terrorism; tactics and weapons; objects and audiences; responses of objects and audiences: theory and case studies. (This course satisfies the American Government/Foundational Civics graduation requirement in all curricula) (45-0)
Outcomes and Objectives
Analyze the nature of terrorism, terrorist movements, and terrorists.
- Define terrorism and terrorists.
- Trace the history of global terrorism.
- Classify terrorism by agent and target.
- Analyze the responses of terrorist objects and audiences.
- Differentiate between terrorist movements and revolutionary movements.
- Explore the relationship between ideology and terrorism.
- Describe and evaluate the motives and causes of terrorism.
- Recognize and understand the tactics of terrorists.
- Recognize and understand the uses of the weapons of terrorism.
Assess the effects of terrorism on institutions.
- Explore the goals of terrorists and governments in their usage of media.
- Describe terrorist propaganda.
- Compare how authoritarian and non-authoritarian regimes enable terrorism.
- Evaluate the counter-terrorist options of authoritarian and non-authoritarian regimes.
- Describe diplomatic and political methods used to combat terrorist acts.
- Appraise the effects of terrorism and counter-terrorism on law-enforcement and military.
Evaluate political, social and legal consequences of terrorism on the United States.
- Examine the spectrum of terrorism affecting United States interests.
- Summarize the roles of each branch of government in combating terrorism.
- Distinguish the policy preferences for combating terrorism of major U.S political parties.
- Critique laws and policies developed to combat terrorism.
- Evaluate U.S. counter-terrorism policy.
- Discuss how civil liberties are affected by terrorism.
Write effectively for a specific audience and purpose.
- Articulate clearly important ideas.
- Select, organize, and present details to support a main idea.
- Employ the conventions of written, edited, standard English.
- Quote, paraphrase and summarize accurately.
- Document sources in a conventional style.
- Use appropriate vocabulary for the audience and purpose.
Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.
- Analyze course content in written form.
- Explain the subject matter in a coherent writing style.