GOV 362L • Research on Terrorism, Insurgencies, and Guerilla Warfare - Spring 2010
8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Advanced undergraduate course (preferably for senior students) Scholars in the field of political science have given the study of terrorism a steady increase in attention over the last decade and it shows no signs of slowing. Unfortunately, far too many scholars of terrorism approach the subject with limited training regarding how to address the unique challenges and opportunities associated with this field of study. This course is designed to train future scholars and policy makers in the theories and concepts associated with the field of terrorism studies, acquaint them with the processes of basic research, and give them significant hands-on experience in data collection, analysis, and presentation. In addition to classroom instruction, students will work as part of a small research team. Students will receive basic training in research design, learn how to find and use appropriate source materials, build and manage data sets, run simple statistical analysis, and present their findings. Students will work alongside a project director, who will provide guidance for the student's contribution to the research team as well as for the student's own work. This three-credit course will 15-16 students. We will prioritize students who have already received the basic theoretical and conceptual training in terrorism, insurgency, and guerilla studies by taking one of the following courses: Suicide Terrorism, the graduate level Seminar in Terrorism, or the Plan II course on Terrorism, or those who are admitted with consent of the instructor. We are especially interested in providing research experience to veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, believing that they will provide a valuable resource to the lab. We are also dedicated to providing equal access to students with disabilities who traditionally face barriers to research opportunities in academic settings.
Research methods (30%) Research groups (data collection) (30%) - grade based on contribution to project, teamwork, reports on work accomplished (3) research Project (40%) - research proposal (due during first 1/3 of course - 5%), first draft (due before last month - 5%, final draft (due on last day or during finals - 30%)