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Courses - Fall 2017
BSST
Terrorism Studies
BSST240
Understanding The Principles and Perils of CBRN Weapons
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSNL (if taken with BSST241) or DSNS
Additional information: If taken in the same term as BSST241 these courses will count for General Education Natural Sciences Lab.
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.
BSST241
Understanding the Principles and Perils of CBRN Weapons (Lab)
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg
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.
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.
BSST288R
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Terrorism Studies; Special Topics in Terrorism Studies: Global Terrorism in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Century
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
BSST327
Introduction to Terrorism and the Terrorist Threat
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Recommended: It is recommended that BSST330 be taken in the same semester as as BSST329.
Restriction: Restricted to students enrolled in the Global Terrorism Minor (#BS07).
Credit only granted for: BSST327 OR BSST399K.
Formerly: BSST399K.
This course focuses on bringing current events and policy issues related to terrorism and counterterrorism, as they are discussed in mass media, into the dialogue with academic theories and research. Through a discussion-based seminar, students will bring current, terrorism-related events to classroom discussion, where they will consider the media-framed current events in relation to academic research. Students will be continually challenged to draw connections between terrorism-related events in the news and relevant academic research.
BSST330
Terrorist Motivations and Behaviors
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Must be in the Global Terrorism minor; or special permission available for students in other Global Studies minors.
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.
BSST334
States of Emergency
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
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.
BSST335
Innovations in Countering Violent Extremism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DVCC
Credit only granted for: BSST335 or BSST338V.
Formerly: BSST338V.
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.
BSST338G
Special Topics in Terrorism Studies; Ideology and Social Conditions in the Making of Terrorism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
BSST340
Oral Communication for National Security Careers
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: FSOC
Credit only granted for: BSST340 or BSST338E.
Formerly: BSST338E.
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.
BSST386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning in Terrorism Studies
Credits: 1 - 5
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Repeatable to 10 credits.
This course will supplement student's experiential learning experience, or internship in the field of terrorism studies and homeland security with guided reflection on their experiences.
BSST399C
(Perm Req)
Individual Study in Terrorism Studies; Community Resilience Engagement and Dialogue Fellowship Career Development Part 4
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restricted to students in the Community, Resilience, Engagement, and Dialogue Career Development Program.
BSST399G
(Perm Req)
Individual Study in Terrorism Studies; Independent Readings in Terrorism
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
BSST399T
(Perm Req)
Individual Study in Terrorism Studies; Teaching Terrorism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
BSST630
Motivations and Intents of Terrorists and Terrorist Groups
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in the Terrorism Analysis Graduate Certificate Program.
Credit only granted for: BSOS630 or BSST630.
Formerly: BSOS630.
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.
BSST632
(Perm Req)
Development of Counterterrorism Policies and Programs
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in the Terrorism Analysis Graduate Certificate Program; or permission of department.
Credit only granted for: BSOS632 or BSST632.
Formerly: BSOS632.
Addresses the formulation, adoption, effectiveness, impacts, and afterlives of counterterrorism policies and programs.
Admission to Terrorism Analysis Graduate Certificate Program required.