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Course Number: 95-759

Terrorism Security and Intelligence

Units: 6

This course will take a provocative look at one of the most important international and geopolitical concerns of our lifetime: terrorism and the U.S. Federal Government response since 9/11/2001.

Students will learn about the political, sociological, psychological and religious underpinnings of terrorism and our government's international efforts of anti-terrorism and counter-terrorism through government policy initiatives, military actions, and various security and intelligence gathering methods.

By utilizing a series of visiting Department of Homeland Security and U.S. military guest presenters, this course will give students the opportunity to learn and debate the current Federal government policies and strategies in effect to combat international terrorism. Students and presenters will have the opportunity to explore the methods used by terrorists and the complex issues related to the government's efforts to stop terrorism. Together, each will gain a mutual understanding of the challenges involved in this effort through friendly debate.

Possible topic questions for debate: Why does terrorism exist? Why do radical Muslims seemingly hate Jews and Christians? How could he Federal government's intelligence community allow the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001 to occur? Did the U.S. Federal government overreact to the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001 by restructuring its intelligence agencies into the massive bureaucracy known as the Department of Homeland Security? Is the Patriot Act the beginning of the end of civil liberties in our country? Can the Department of Homeland Security protect us from future attacks on our nation? Will the Federal government's reaction to terrorism bankrupt our economy? How does private industry handle security and intelligence threats? Is the private sector doing enough to protect and secure its international business interests? Have we explored all other possible avenues of preventing future terrorist attacks? What should be the most prominent goal of world leaders in developing strategies to prevent future terrorism?

Students will be graded on assigned papers and debate topics (pro and con), and one final exam.

David R. Palmer