HLS 105 – Terrorism and Counterterrorism

Course Outline

Course Number & Name:  HLS 105 Terrorism and Counterterrorism

Credit Hours:  3.0             Contact Hours:  3.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  Grade of “C” or better in HLS 101 or permission of the instructor

Co-requisites:  None                                                      Concurrent Courses:  None

Course Description: This course examines international and domestic terrorism, motives and the operations of terroristic groups, individuals, and state sponsors.  Students will learn about threats to and vulnerabilities of the United States’ national defense and private sectors posed by terrorists.  Students will explore and engage in discussions about military responses, measures taken to prevent terrorist strikes, contemporary threats of “cyberterrorism” and “cyberwar” and the need to provide homeland security and preserve civil liberties.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. define, explain, and analyze domestic and international terrorism and the typologies of terrorism and counterterrorism;
  2. analyze the structure and dynamics of terroristic groups and the relationship between the terrorism and the media; and
  3. describe, explain, and analyze the psychological and physical effects of terrorism on its victims and the methods utilized by law enforcement and intelligence agencies in preventing and detecting terrorism.
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