RCLANG 324 - Readings in Spanish
Section: 003 Media, Terrorists and Freedom Fighters
Term: WN 2010
Subject: RC Languages (RCLANG)
Department: LSA Residential College
Course Note:
Interested non-RC students should contact the instructor or the program head, Olga Lopez-Cotin (olcotin@umich.edu). Prerequisites: RC proficiency or successful completion of Spanish 275 and 276.
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Proficiency test. Permission of instructor.
May be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Terrorism is a very important issue in most of the countries these days and especially in the U.S. Even though many people have already formed an opinion on this problem and how to solve it, there is a significant lack of knowledge about the history as well as causes and consequences of this phenomenon. This seminar will review the conditions and contexts that resulted in the formation of some terrorist organizations around the world, their objectives and their strategies to achieve these goals finishing the analysis with an evaluation of the results- both successes and failures of policies trying to deter this problem. The course will considerer information from different Latin American organizations like Sendero Luminoso (Peru) FARC (Colombia), Montoneros (Argentina), Frente Patriotico Manuel Rodriguez (Chile). From Europe we will look at the IRA (Ireland) and ETA (Spain). At the same time, students will review material about terrorist organizations created or supported by governments in their struggle against leftist movements, such as in Guatemala, El Salvador, Colombia, and Chile among others. Another important part of the course will be the study of groups that due to their strategies could be classified as religious terrorism, such as the Christian Patriots and the Anti-Abortion Movement. After understanding different terrorist organizations in more depth, the course will question how and why some groups have subsequently abandoned their activities. Another focal component of the course will be interpreting information found in the media, with careful analysis and consideration as to the portrayal of each organization, and whether portrayal changes over time. This will lead to question the use of certain terminology –such as “freedom fighter” versus “terrorist”— and who determines and applies these terms. Finally students need to propose a definition of terrorism and based on the information discussed in the course, determine whether the “war on terrorism” is the adequate answer from the government to this phenomenon.

RCLANG 324 - Readings in Spanish
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001 (SEM)
MTuTh 12:00PM - 1:00PM
002 (SEM)
MWF 11:00AM - 12:00PM
003 (SEM)
MTuTh 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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