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START Offers New Summer Courses


START Offers New Summer Courses

May 8, 2017

To meet a growing interest, START has expanded its online summer course offerings this year. Undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to enroll in five courses with topics ranging from terrorist financing and terrorist hostage taking, to shooting spree killers and terrorist propaganda. The courses are offered to students from any university through the University of Maryland Office of Extended Studies and can be enrolled in through June 5.

 

  • Terrorist Financing Analysis and Counterterrorist Finance in BSST 370 (3 credits). BEGINS MAY 30

This course provides an introduction to terrorists’ financial activities and counterterrorism finance and sanctions policy. The course examines how terrorist groups finance their operations and also emphasizes current policy approaches designed to curb terrorist financing through the application of U.S. and international sanctions.

Students will explore how multilateral forces, such as the United Nations and Financial Action Task Force counter terrorist finance. At the completion of the course, students will have a better understanding of the key tools, including law enforcement, diplomatic, or intelligence that are deployed to disrupt and deter terrorist finance.

  • Terrorist Hostage Taking: BSST 338A (3 credits).

This course provides an introduction to terrorists’ financial activities and counterterrorism finance and sanctions policy. The course examines how terrorist groups finance their operations and also emphasizes current policy approaches designed to curb terrorist financing through the application of U.S. and international sanctions.

Students will explore how multilateral forces, such as the United Nations and Financial Action Task Force counter terrorist finance. At the completion of the course, students will have a better understanding of the key tools, including law enforcement, diplomatic, or intelligence that are deployed to disrupt and deter terrorist finance.

  • School Shooter and Spree Killers: BSST 3380 (3 credits). BEGINS MAY 30

This course will help students understand factors and motivators that lead to mass shootings and evaluate real-world cases. This 3-credit course, taught by senior researcher Michael Egnoto, will meet online throughout the course of Summer Session I.

  • Experiential Learning in Terrorism Studies, BSST 386 (3-5 credits).

Students interested in earning academic credit for interning at START can now do so through the Terrorism Studies program at the University of Maryland. Undergraduates from UMD and other institutions can enroll in BSST386 to earn from 1-5 experiential learning credits for interning with START.

  • Extremist Propaganda: BSST 338D (3 credits).

This 3-credit course will discuss messaging and narratives used by violent extremists to advance their objectives. It will begin with a discussion of foundational concepts such as propaganda, ideology, narratives, and others. Additional weekly topics will include essential features of propaganda, violent extremist messaging and innovation, legal aspects to advocacy of extremist ideas, case studies of violent extremist narratives and propaganda, and the emerging research and practice of anti-extremist counter-narratives and counter-messaging.

 

Register for any of these courses through the University of Maryland TESTUDO system at http://www.testudo.umd.edu/.

Contact education@start.umd.edu with questions.