This course examines the strategies, tactics, and techniques used to combat terrorism and will teach students to distinguish conceptually between defensive “anti-terrorism” approaches and offensive “counterterrorism” approaches. Students will also understand legal responses to terrorism, the organization of counterterrorist task forces and operational units, tactics and tools used by such forces, and ethical questions that arise with regard to counterterrorism policies.
Define terrorism and counterterrorism
Describe actual terrorist incidents and responses to them
Examine the effectiveness of counterterrorism methods employed by various countries
Identify the philosophical, political and religious roots of global terrorist activities and analyze terrorists’ motivations
Recognize the dilemmas in counterterrorism and civil liberties
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