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CJS 344 Terrorism and Counterterrorism

This course explores the emergence and manifestation of terror and terrorism from a range of historical, political, sociological and cultural perspectives. It further explores the interpretation of, and response to, contemporary manifestations of terror and terrorism, global and domestic. Emphasizing the diverse and contested nature of terror as both concept and practice, a number of case studies are highlighted to explore the complex connections between order, power, authority, security, and terror. The organizational forms and objectives of terrorist organizations, and the range of strategies available in response to the demands and challenges posed by global terror and a growing variety of domestic terrorist groups and individuals are also considered.


4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 15, 2017 to present

Learning outcomes


  • Define terrorism and examine its causes and consequences in historical, political, and socio-legal context
  • Examine how foreign terrorist organizations and homegrown violent extremists recruit, radicalize, and mobilize followers to violence
  • Compare and contrast the roles and responsibilities of the Department of Homeland Security and other federal, state, and local agencies in responding to terrorism and violent extremism
  • Assess the methods of terrorism and violent extremism and analyze what works in countering them
  • Develop and improve critical thinking and communication skills.