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Political Terrorism

POL 229W

Political Terrorism

POL 229W

Course Description

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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

Objectives:

  • Analyze course content in written form.
  • Explain the subject matter in a coherent writing style.