The Social Origins of Terrorism (SSP105)

What is terrorism and its causes?  This course explores the roots of terrorism sociologically.  It offers critiques of common theories of terrorism and presents several analytic tools for better understanding the phenomenon.  In doing so, students are able to explore the social, historical, political, and religious roots of terrorism as well as some of the key questions terrorism raises for all of us as global citizens.  Course materials for the class include academic analyses, articles from the popular media, novels, documentary films, and actual texts that have been influential in mobilizing terrorist violence in recent years.  By the end of the course students are expected to have a better understanding of the beliefs of terrorists, the conditions that produce and sustain terrorism, and the role the students themselves play in addressing the threat of terrorism.

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