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PSC 309: Terrorism and Developing Countries, Syllabus
Revised slightly 8/11/19, with Canvas, Calendar & Google statement, by Prof. Jeremy Lewis.

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In summer, 3 semester weeks are compressed into each summer week, and each week of readings begins on Wednesday with a test each Tuesday following; each textbook chapter (though not GoogOlympics event) should be noted in 4-5 paragraphs, and each short reading in one paragraph, submitted in the Google form for reports on readings.


Catalog Description: Types of regime, politics and conflict in developing global regions.  The breeding grounds, motivation and methods of international terrorist groups, and the means of counter terrorism. Causes and consequences of the 11 Sep. 2001 attacks upon the United States.
Current academic requirements are detailed on the Syllabus in Canvas and the Requirements page; requirements for the course adapted to course-by-conference are the same, except that any class session that is missed, shall be replaced with an essay of one typed page, single-spaced  on the session's reading or topic -- or, at the discretion of the instructor, by a tutorial session.  The weekly timetable of readings will be compressed (perhaps to five weeks) for a summer course, and a subset of readings may be selected.  Honors students: additional readings, presentations, discussion, test questions and a brief paper may be required: see Requirements page.
About the Books and Materials
For latest information, see Canvas and the Booklist page. Note: Resources in blue are shared with other political science courses. Description
The style of the course will be both lecture and seminar-based. Sometimes part of a session will be used for a film; frequently you will be expected to contribute presentations, questions and discussion. You may present from outline notes, but not by reading out of the book: that is unparliamentary. We shall explore the events of 9/11 through the official report; then consider the responses tried by the US both in homeland security and in a global war on terrorism.  We shall evaluate these responses in the light of historical and current experiences abroad, and philosophical arguments about the nature of terrorism.
The format will be a participatory seminar, with students expected to make frequent presentations of substantial readings.  Students should expect to actively compare and analyze the materials, and to conduct original research.
Since materials for this course introduce both multiple less-developed countries and the complex issues of terrorism, you must expect to read voraciously and actively explore many new concepts.
We shall occasionally analyze excerpts of video documentaries or recent news coverage where available. Current affairs, such as an international crisis, will be discussed even where this postpones part of the syllabus.
Behavior: see Syllabus in Canvas for latest statements.
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