Schedule of Classes and Assignments
Week #1: Wednesday, September 6: Introduction to the course.
Week #2: M-W September 11/13: Defining and conceptualizing terrorism. Historical trends.
Assignment (due midnight on September 13):
Quiz (September 11): course policies from the syllabus page.
Week #3: M-W September 18/20: Historical trends continued.
Wall Street Bombing (probably carried out by Italian anarchists), 1920.
Week #4: M-W September 25/27: Causes of terrorism.
The four girls killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing on September 15, 1963, in Birmingham, Alabama. The Ku Klux Klan was responsible.
Week #5: M-W October 2/4: Causes of terrorism (continued).
New York City
September 11, 2001
Week #6: M-W October 9/11: Terrorists' strategy and tactics.
Assignment #1 due Saturday, October 14 by midnight.
Week #7: M-W October 16/18: Catch-up/review (Monday), midterm exam (Wednesday).
Captain and terrorist in hijacked TWA flight #847 in Beirut, Lebanon in June 1985.
Week #8: M-W October 23/25: Counter terrorism.
Assignment #1 revisions due Saturday, October 28 by midnight.
Poster critical of the
War on Terror
Week #9: M-W October 30/November 1: Counter terrorism (continued).
Supporters of Charlie Hedbo newspaper march after shootings in January, 2015.
Week #10: M-W November 6/8: The moral dimensions of terrorism and counter-terrorism.
Counter-terrorism police in the UK.
Week #11: M-W November 13/15: The moral dimensions of terrorism and counter-terrorism (continued). Terrorism and its impact on democracies.
Assignment #2 due Thursday, November 16 by midnight.
US Homeland Security terrorism threat alerts (left) and satirical critique (right).
Week #12: Monday, November 20 (no class on November 22)
Week #13: M-W November 27/29: Simulation part I.
Assignment #2 revisions due by noon on Monday, November 27.
Week #14: M-W December 4/6: Simulation part II.
Final exam: Thursday, December 14 from 2:45-4:45.