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Course List


Course List

Undergraduate-level Courses

BSST 240: Understanding the Principles and Perils of CBRN Weapons
Credits: 3.0 | Grading Method: Regular | General Education: DSNL (if taken with BSST241) or DSNS
Semesters typically offered: Fall
Additional information: If taken in the same term as BSST241 these courses will count for General Education Natural Sciences Lab.
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  • Global Terrorism Minor: Elective
  • Graduate Certificate Program: N/A

Description: Explores the 'dark side' of scientific applications. Students will gain an understanding of CBRN Weapons, through the exploration of the scientific method, and certain fundamental principles of chemistry, biology, and physics. Students will also learn how to test hypotheses, use basic statistics, interpret results, and apply their new knowledge through discussions of practical applications in the domains of public health, emergency management, epidemiology, and threat assessment. Bringing these fields together in one class will allow students to better understand the use of and threat from CBRN weapons in terrorism.

Fall 2017 ♦ Dr. Gary Ackerman, Dr. Cory Davenport, Steve SinSyllabus

 

BSST 241: Understanding The Principles and Perils of CBRN Weapons (Lab)
Credits: 1.0 | Grading Method: Regular | General Education: N/A
Semesters typically offered: Fall
Corequisite: BSST240.
Additional information: This is an optional 1-credit lab course offered in coordination with BSST240. If taken in the same term as BSST240 these courses will count for General Education Natural Sciences Lab.
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  • Global Terrorism Minor: 240 ONLY
  • Graduate Certificate Program: N/A

Description: An exploration of the threat of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) weapons aimed to provide students with a basic, multidisciplinary, natural science foundation in chemistry, biology, and physics.

Fall 2017 ♦ Dr. Gary Ackerman, Dr. Cory Davenport, Steve SinSyllabus

 

BSST 288R: Special Topics in Terrorism Studies; Global Terrorism in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Century
Credits: 3.0 | Grading Method: Regular, Pass-Fail, Audit | General Education: N/A
Additional information: If taken in the same term as BSST241 these courses will count for General Education Natural Sciences Lab.
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  • Global Terrorism Minor: Elective
  • Graduate Certificate Program: N/A

Description: None

Fall 2017 ♦ Dr. Howard Smead ♦ Syllabus

 

BSST 330: Terrorist Motivations and Behaviors
Credits: 3.0 | Grading Method: Regular | General Education: N/A
Semesters typically offered: Fall
Restriction: Must be in Global Terrorism Minor; or special permission available for students in other Global Studies minors.
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  • Global Terrorism Minor: Requirement
  • Graduate Certificate Program: N/A

Description: Explores theories explaining the formation of terrorist groups and the motivations behind terrorist behavior, building upon theories from social psychology, sociology, political science, criminology, and history.

Fall 2017 ♦ Dr. Amy Pate ♦ Syllabus

 

BSST 331: Responses to Terrorism
Credits: 3.0 | Grading Method: Regular, Pass-Fail, Audit | General Education: N/A
Semesters typically offered: Spring
Restriction: Must be in Global Terrorism Minor.
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  • Global Terrorism Minor: Requirement
  • Graduate Certificate Program: N/A

Description: Explores theories explaining the formation of terrorist groups and the motivations behind terrorist behavior, building upon theories from social psychology, sociology, political science, criminology, and history.

Spring 2017 ♦ Dr. Kate Izsak ♦ Syllabus

 

BSST 334: States of Emergency
Credits: 3.0 | Grading Method: Regular, Pass-Fail, Audit | General Education: N/A
Semesters typically offered: Fall, Spring
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  • Global Terrorism Minor: Elective
  • Graduate Certificate Program: N/A

Description: Students will explore the manner in which crises unfold from the perspective of a variety of emergency response disciplines, including: emergency management, law enforcement, intelligence analysis, cyber analysis, risk communication, health and human services, and emergency psychiatry/psychology. Students will participate in a semester-long simulation of an unfolding terrorist attack.

Fall 2017 ♦ Dr. Kate Izsak ♦ Syllabus
Spring 2017 ♦ Dr. Kate Izsak ♦ Syllabus

 

BSST 335: Innovations in Countering Violent Extremism
Credits: 3.0 | Grading Method: Regular, Pass-Fail, Audit | General Education: N/A
Semesters typically offered: Fall
Formerly: BSST338V
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  • Global Terrorism Minor: Requirement
  • Graduate Certificate Program: N/A

Description: Develop solutions to community-based radicalization through a blend of entrepreneurial, Design Thinking strategies and terrorist disengagement theories. Students will design original programs targeting real-world, at-risk communities and present their programs to a panel of experts.

Fall 2017 ♦ Dr. Peter WeinbergerSyllabus
 

BSST 338A: Special Topics in Terrorism Studies: Terrorist Hostage Taking
Credits: 3.0 | Grading Method: Regular, Pass-Fail, Audit | General Education: N/A
Semesters typically offered: Summer
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  • Global Terrorism Minor: Elective
  • Graduate Certificate Program: N/A

Description: Examine different forms of hostage taking and consider approaches to studying behavior, along with the problems inherent in such research. Weekly topics will include issues such as scripts and patterned behavior, victim resistance, what the Stockholm Syndrome might really mean. This course explores the tactical choices of terrorist groups, the responses of the other players and how the combinations might impact the end results.

Summer II 2017 ♦ Dr. Margaret Wilson ♦ Syllabus
 

BSST 338G: Special Topics in Terrorism Studies: Ideology and Social Conditions in the Making of Terrorism
Credits: 3.0 | Grading Method: Regular, Pass-Fail, Audit | General Education: N/A
Semesters typically offered: Spring
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  • Global Terrorism Minor: Elective
  • Graduate Certificate Program: N/A

Description: None

Spring 2017 ♦ Dr. Mansoor Moaddel ♦ Syllabus
 

BSST 338K: Special Topics in Terrorism Studies: Nexus of Terrorism and Crime
Credits: 3.0 | Grading Method: Regular, Pass-Fail, Audit | General Education: N/A
Semesters typically offered: Spring
Restriction: Restricted to CCJS students at Shady Grove
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  • Global Terrorism Minor: Elective
  • Graduate Certificate Program: N/A

Description: Examine different forms of hostage taking and consider approaches to studying behavior, along with the problems inherent in such research. Weekly topics will include issues such as scripts and patterned behavior, victim resistance, what the Stockholm Syndrome might really mean. This course explores the tactical choices of terrorist groups, the responses of the other players and how the combinations might impact the end results.

Spring 2017 ♦ Steve Sin ♦ Syllabus

 

BSST 338O: Special Topics in Terrorism Studies: School Shooters and Spree Killers
Credits: 3.0 | Grading Method: Regular, Pass-Fail, Audit | General Education: N/A
Semesters typically offered: Summer
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  • Global Terrorism Minor: Elective
  • Graduate Certificate Program: N/A

Description: None

Summer 2017 ♦ Dr. Michael Egnoto ♦ Syllabus
 

BSST 338P: Special Topics in Terrorism Studies: The Rise of the Islamic State
Credits: 3.0 | Grading Method: Regular, Pass-Fail, Audit | General Education: N/A
Semesters typically offered: Winter
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  • Global Terrorism Minor: Elective
  • Graduate Certificate Program: N/A

Description: The quick rise of the terrorist group self-described as the Islamic State, also known as the ISIL has surprised policymakers and foreign policymakers worldwide. This course provides a comprehensive look at the Islamic State and will discuss key concepts and terms in Islamic history in an effort to establish an understanding of Islamic jurisprudence, meaning of a caliphate, the five pillars of Islam and Sharia law. The course will trace the history of the Islamic States rise and will examine the leadership figures/personalities behind the group and look in depth at ISILs connection to and divorce from al-Qaida. Students will examine how the group finances its operations as well as the rise of its affiliates. Students will also explore the groups use of foreign fighters and social media to further its agenda and explore the U.S. and global responses to counter the Islamic State. At the completion of this course, students will have an in depth understanding of the Islamic State and a better understanding of the key tools, including law enforcement, diplomatic, or intelligence, that are deployed to counter the group.

Fall 2017 ♦ Jason Blazakis ♦ Syllabus

 

BSST 340: Oral Communication for National Security Careers
Credits: 3.0 | Grading Method: Regular, Pass-Fail, Audit | General Education: N/A
Semesters typically offered: Summer
Formerly: BSST338E
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  • Global Terrorism Minor: Elective
  • Graduate Certificate Program: N/A

Description: Students will discuss perspectives on strategic communication and national security, while discussing and practicing public speaking skills and developing proficiency in three genres of security-related briefings. Students will work with the technical, scientific, and/or specialized data, vocabularies, processes, and products of the academic disciplines and/or fields of expertise relevant to national and international security careers.

Fall 2017 ♦ Holly RobertsSyllabus

 

BSST 370: Terrorist Financing Analysis and Counterterrorist Finance
Credits: 3.0 | Grading Method: Regular, Pass-Fail, Audit | General Education: N/A
Semesters typically offered: Summer
Formerly: BSST338E
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  • Global Terrorism Minor: Elective
  • Graduate Certificate Program: N/A

Description: Students will discuss perspectives on strategic communication and national security, while discussing and practicing public speaking skills and developing proficiency in three genres of security-related briefings. Students will work with the technical, scientific, and/or specialized data, vocabularies, processes, and products of the academic disciplines and/or fields of expertise relevant to national and international security careers.

Summer 2017 ♦ Jason Blazakis ♦ Syllabus

 

BSST 399F: Individual Study in Terrorism Studies: Geospatial Analysis of Terrorism
Credits: 1.0 | Grading Method: Regular, Pass-Fail, Audit | General Education: N/A
Semesters typically offered: Winter
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  • Global Terrorism Minor: Elective*
  • Graduate Certificate Program: Contact education@start.umd.edu regarding Graduate Certificate credits for this course.

Description: Students will be introduced to Geospatial Information Systems and the technologies specific applications to terrorism studies. No previous experience with GIS or terrorism data is necessary. Students will leave the course with a firm grasp of GIS technologies and the ways in which they may implemented in terrorism studies.

*This is a 1-credit elective course.
 

Winter 2018 ♦ Dr. Marcus Boyd ♦ Syllabus
Winter 2017 ♦ Marcus Boyd ♦ Syllabus

 

BSST 399N: Individual Study in Terrorism Studies: Social Network Analysis for Terrorism
Credits: 1.0 | Grading Method: Regular, Pass-Fail, Audit | General Education: N/A
Semesters typically offered: Winter
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  • Global Terrorism Minor: Elective*
  • Graduate Certificate Program: Contact education@start.umd.edu regarding Graduate Certificate credits for this course.

Description: The concept of network has become central to many discussions of terrorism and political violence research. However, use of the term is rarely backed with theoretical and empirical analysis of actual networks. This course will instruct students in the basics of social network analysis and how to apply SNA methods in the field of terrorism studies.

*This is a 1-credit elective course.

Winter 2017 ♦ Dr. Jeongyoon Lee ♦ Syllabus

 

Graduate-level Courses

BSST 630: Motivations and Intents of Terrorists and Terrorist Groups
Credits: 3.0 | Grading Method: Regular, Audit | General Education: N/A
Semesters typically offered: Fall
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  • Global Terrorism Minor: N/A
  • Graduate Certificate Program: Requirement

Description: Examines motivations for terrorism from an interdisciplinary perspective, with emphasis on political and applied social psychological perspective. Topics may include: defining terrorism; preconditions; recruitment; domestic and international terrorism; and case studies and analysis of terrorist organizations.​

Fall 2017 ♦ Dr. Cory DavenportSyllabus
Fall 2016 ♦ Dr. Anthony Lemieux ♦ Syllabus

 

BSST 631: Societal Impacts of and Responses to Terrorism
Credits: 3.0 | Grading Method: Regular, Audit | General Education: N/A
Semesters typically offered: Spring
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  • Global Terrorism Minor: N/A
  • Graduate Certificate Program: Requirement

Description: Examines motivations for terrorism from an interdisciplinary perspective, with emphasis on political and applied social psychological perspective. Topics may include: defining terrorism; preconditions; recruitment; domestic and international terrorism; and case studies and analysis of terrorist organizations.​

Spring 2017 ♦ Dr. Kate Izsak ♦ Syllabus
Spring 2016 ♦ Dr. Kate Izsak ♦ Syllabus

 

BSST 632: Development of Counterterrorism Policies and Programs
Credits: 3.0 | Grading Method: Regular, Audit | General Education: N/A
Semesters typically offered: Fall
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  • Global Terrorism Minor: N/A
  • Graduate Certificate Program: Requirement

Description: Addresses the formulation, adoption, effectiveness, impacts, and afterlives of counterterrorism policies and programs.

Fall 2017 ♦ Dr. Peter Weinberger ♦ Syllabus
Fall 2016 ♦ Dr. Peter Weinberger ♦ Syllabus

 

BSST 633: Research Methods in Terrorism and Counterterrorism​
Credits: 3.0 | Grading Method: Regular, Audit | General Education: N/A
Semesters typically offered: Spring
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  • Global Terrorism Minor: N/A
  • Graduate Certificate Program: Requirement

Description: Addresses the formulation, adoption, effectiveness, impacts, and afterlives of counterterrorism policies and programs.

Spring 2017 ♦ Dr. Omi Hodwitz, Dr. Michael Jensen ♦ Syllabus