GOV 365N • Terrorism in the U.S. and Abroad
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
Upper-division standing required. Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary. While international terrorism has become the driving force in contemporary US foreign policy and domestic terrorism a recurring concern for US law enforecemnt, it has been both a tactic and a problem since the earliest days of organized government. This course will examine the purported political, religious, socioeconomic and strategic , group motivations to participate in terrorism, the nature and extent of the threats terrorist groups pose to states, and how states can best deal with terrorism. The course focuses on topics such as: how to define terrorism, whether and how the nature of terrorism has changed over time, the methods and weapons used by terrorists, the means available to states (particularly the US) to address terrorism, major contemporary terrorist groups and their actions, and how other democratic societies such as Britain and Israel, have been affected by terrorist attacks and governmental responses.