PS 250 : Terrorism and the American Public

Transcript title

Terrorism the American Public



Grade mode

Standard letter grades

Contact hours total


Lecture hours


Recommended preparation

WR 121.


The course defines terrorism, considers the motivations of terrorists, considers policy proposals that might be taken to reduce the likelihood of terrorism, and investigates the tensions inherent in democracies between civil liberties and national security.

Learning outcomes

1. Define terrorism and differentiate between several types of terrorism including: religious, state, dissident, etc.
2. Explain the historical foundations of contemporary terrorism from the point of view of both international relations (between nations) and comparative politics (within nations)
3. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the impact that the media and fear create in forming public opinion with respect to terrorism.
4. Demonstrate critical thinking capabilities through examination and analysis of scholarly articles in the field.
5. Examine the roles of militancy, religion, ethnicity, gender and other interests in identity-based conflicts, uprisings, wars, and war-like situations.

General education/Related instruction lists

  • Social Science

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