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Six New START Curriculum Development Units Available


Six New START Curriculum Development Units Available

April 14, 2010

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism is pleased to announce the release of six curriculum development units, reflecting START research and education programs. These curriculum units reflect START's educational priorities, including:  Presentation of cutting-edge START research;  Interactivity and novel approaches to teaching;  Interdisciplinarity, with the goal of challenging students to engage in critical, cross-disciplinary discourse;  Scalability to different education levels (e.g., K-12, undergraduate, graduate, executive education); and ? Immediacy and impact, with a focus on attention to problems and issues of immediate relevance to national and international policy.

Available units include:  Christine Bevc, PhD Student, Department of Sociology, University of Colorado, "Networks and Preparedness"  Bidisha Biswas, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Western Washington University, "Online Simulation Modeled on November 2008 Mumbai Attacks"  Shawn Flanigan, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration, San Diego State University, "Conducting Field Research Outside the United States and in Difficult-to-Access Communities" Jeffrey Lewis, Lecturer, Department of History, The Ohio State University, "Engaging and Countering the Social and Cultural Mechanisms used by Organizations to Motivate Suicide Attackers"  Katherine Izsak, Education Director, START, University of Maryland, and Tim Wedig, Former Simulation Developer, International Conflict and Negotiation (ICONS) Project, University of Maryland, "Terrorism and International Negotiations in Kurdistan"  Christine Muller, PhD Student, American Studies, University of Maryland, "What Can Oral Histories Tell Us About September 11?"

For more information on any of the classroom units, Click Here. The curriculum materials are freely available to interested instructors, and the materials for each completed unit can be requested by emailing education@start.umd.edu.