Course Descriptions & Student Learning Outcomes

AJ 180 - Introduction To Terrorism (3)

  • Prerequisite or Corequisite: AJ 101

This course provides a history of terrorism, focusing on the terrorists, their motivations and ideologies, and how they operate and execute terrorist attacks. The course examines the current responses to domestic and international terrorism along with analyzing future trends within the global war on terrorism. The course will discuss the theoretical perspectives of terrorism within criminology, criminal justice, sociology, and psychology. The course will present the use of the Internet, improvised explosives, and religious extremism found within modern terrorism.

3 hrs. lect. per week

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of AJ 180, the student will be able to:

  • Define terrorism from a political, legal, and military perspective
  • Examine the use of the Internet to gather intelligence on terrorist targets, recruit and radicalize terrorist members, and generate funding to execute terrorist attacks.
  • Describe the ideological motivations for terrorism in regard to religious extremism, ethnic cleansing, narco-terrorism, hate crimes, and genocide.
  • Examine the role of the Internet and mass media in regard to terrorism.
  • Identify both domestic and international terrorist groups.
  • Discuss the legal perspectives of and responses to terrorism.
  • Describe various weapons of mass destruction, improvised explosive devices, suicide bombers, and cyber warfare used in terrorist attacks.

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