This course will be offered online in Summer II 2010. It is restricted to extension students. Main campus students should contact the instructor to ascertain if seats may be available to them. Use for general information only after Summer II 2010.

Course Description

GLS 592: Crime, Terrorism, and Psychology?

Instructor: John Christian (contact campbellp AT uncw DOT com to establish communication.)

The purpose of this course will be to provide a overview of current psychological viewpoints on terrorism with a focus on Islamic fundamentalist groups. Research and literature concerning these theories on the psychological impact of terrorism, social and psychological roots of terrorism, and attempts to find a "terrorist profile" will be reviewed.Despite the focus on current threats, a broad overview of historic terrorist threats and organizations will also be given in order to provide a context in which to compare and contrast current organizations. Motivations and strategies of current terroristgroups will be reviewed. The psychological process of becoming a terrorist will be discussed in light of current theories. Drawing together readings, several case studies will be presented in class. Finally, intersection of psychological understandings of terrorism and counter-terrorism strategies will be discussed.

Last Update: March 15, 2010


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