POLSCI 389 - Topics in Contemporary Political Science
Section: 001 The Political Economy of Insurgency and Terrorism
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
ULWR, SS
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Advisory Prerequisites:
One course in Political Science.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 10 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

This course introduces students to modern, social scientific approaches to the study of political violence with a special focus on terrorism and civil war. We will focus on several key questions: What are the causes of politically motivated violence? What distinguishes terrorist groups from other rebel groups? How are such groups organized? What do we know about how to counter the use of violence? And what are the consequences of violence for society? As we address these questions, we will aim to meet three interrelated goals. First, students will come away from the course with a better sense of the social mechanisms underlying the use of terrorism and the motivations of those involved with terrorist groups. Second, students will develop an appreciation for how nuanced and difficult are the policy challenges raised by terrorism. The course is designed to help students think critically about how one should evaluate the evidence available, and how to communicate their ideas in writing, so that they can engage the relevant policy debates in a serious-minded and informed way.

POLSCI 389 - Topics in Contemporary Political Science
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
P
30420
Open
5
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (REC)
P
25473
Open
5
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (REC)
P
26297
Closed
0
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
004 (REC)
P
28563
Open
19
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
005 (REC)
P
27068
Open
1
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
006 (REC)
P
30454
Open
13
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
008 (REC)
P
32641
Open
25
 
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M 6:00PM - 9:00PM
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