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Courses - Spring 2022
BSST
Terrorism Studies
BSST331
Innovations in Counterterrorism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in the Terrorism Studies minor program.
Explore the manners in which states respond to terrorist incidents and the threat of terrorism through counterterrorism approaches and strategies. We will examine counterterrorism responses from law enforcement, military, and the intelligence community. This will include discussions about policy decisions made in response to both terrorist attacks and the threat of terrorism. Counterterrorism strategies this course will cover include deterrence, interdiction, and legal efforts to combat terrorism, including terrorist financing and online recruitment. The course is divided into four general parts. First, we will provide an overview of government counterterrorism options and review key concepts. Second, we will examine law enforcement responses to terrorism including efforts to counter cyberterrorism, social media recruitment, and terrorist financing online. Third, we will focus on military responses to attacks conducted by terrorist groups, including deterrence strategies, targeted strikes, and covert operations. Last, we will review the challenges and complexities of counterterrorism approaches, including the ethical, moral, and legal dilemmas.
BSST338B
Special Topics in Terrorism Studies; Terrorism and Political Violence: Understanding Terrorism, Insurgency, and Civil Conflict
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
BSST338B is cross-listed with CCJS318F. Credit may only be earned for BSST338B or CCJS318F.
BSST338R
Special Topics in Terrorism Studies; Far-Right Extremism: Violent Ideologies and Actions
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
This course will introduce students to the ideologies, organizing patterns, and actions within far-right extremism. This will include a focus on movements within white supremacism, anti-government extremism, male supremacy, homophobia, and anti-immigrant extremism. Using as examples specific violent extremists and groups on the far right, we will study key theories explaining extremist radicalization, recruitment, engagement, and mobilization.
BSST377
Applying Theory to the Practice of Countering Terrorism
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Recommended: BSST330.
Restriction: Restricted to students enrolled in the Global Terrorism Minor (#BS07).
Credit only granted for: BSST327, BSST377, or BSST399K.
Formerly: BSST327.
Additional information: It is recommended that this course be taken in the final semester in the minor program.
Focuses on current events related to terrorism and counterterrorism, as they are discussed in mass media, and the implications of those current events on the ethical and professional conduct of the counterterrorism community. Through a discussion-based seminar, students will bring current, terrorism-related events to classroom discussion, where they will consider the media-framed current events in relation to academic research. Students will be continually challenged to draw connections between terrorism-related events in the news and relevant academic research. Furthermore, this class will use vignettes based in current events to present students with real-world ethical dilemmas that those in the professional counterterrorism community and broader national security community have to confront.
For inquiries, email education-start@umd.edu.
BSST386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning in Terrorism Studies
Credits: 1 - 5
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
This course will supplement student's experiential learning experience, or internship in the field of terrorism studies and homeland security with guided reflection on their experiences.
BSST631
Societal Impacts of and Responses to Terrorism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Terrorism Analysis Graduate Certificate Program; or permission of department.
Credit only granted for: BSOS631 or BSST631.
Formerly: BSOS631.
Explores the manners in which a variety of different actors respond to both terrorist incidents and the threat of terrorism. Examines local responses to terrorist incidents; local impacts of terrorism including effects on individual and group attitudes and behaviors; policy decisions made in response to both terrorist attacks and the threat of terrorism; terrorism prevention, deterrence, interdiction, and mitigation efforts; and individual and community recovery from terrorist attacks.
BSST633
Research Methods in Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Credit only granted for: BSOS633 or BSST633.
Formerly: BSOS633.
Provides students with the opportunity to conduct original research, while exposing them to analytical tools relevant to the study of terrorism. Students will work with a range of data sources on domestic and international terrorism, and will be tasked with using data to test hypotheses related to the causes, behaviors, and/ or impacts of terrorism.
BSST643
Great Powers & Near-Peer Competition
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Focused on the emerging threats posed by state actors termed as "near-peers," including topics germane to near-peer competitors, most notably China, Russia, and Iran, but will cover other state actors as necessary. The course also investigates the past, present, and future of the most powerful states in the international system, the great powers, and how they compete, and cooperate in international relations. By examining the various aspects of the great powers and near-peer competitors, students will learn how geography, politics, economics, technology, and ideology play a role in global competition.
BSST645
Non-state Actors Threats and Responses
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
The Non-State Actor. Running the gamut from Freedom fighters to Corporatized extortionists, NSAs play a pivotal role in the modern fields of combat. Some maintain loose state-level ties with high deniability, others rage against their domestic governments and facilitate foreign influence, but all present a modern adversary that Western Allies and Governments need to anticipate, track, and overcome. This course will provide an overview of the types of non-state actors that influence state actions. The course will examine the economic, political, and social costs of the proliferation of non-state actors globally. While the course will discuss terrorist groups, the main focus of the course will be on actors such as militant groups, insurgent groups, drug cartels, and illicit financial actors.