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Fall 2017
Jan 21, 2018
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SEST 547 - Homegrwn Radicalztn & Terr Rct
Fall 2017:
This course critically examines theories and the practice of violent radicalization and recruitment, as well as the policies and approaches aimed at countering it. It focuses on “homegrown” radicalization and recruitment into Al Qaeda, ISIS and related movements and networks in Europe and North America, but considers other extremist movements, including the far-right.

The course consists of three parts. It begins by exploring the theoretical foundations of radicalization and recruitment, introducing students to the various radicalization models that have been developed while also offering insight into the academic criticisms the study of radicalization has faced over the last decade and a half. The second part takes at how radicalization has manifested in the West, with a focus on how ISIS has recruited and operated in America. It will include discussion on the use of the Internet by extremists, how the role of women in terrorism has evolved and the emergence of lone-actor terrorism. Finally, the course examines counter-radicalization in theory and practice, including a number of case studies and providing a summary overview of de-radicalization programs.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Juris Doctor, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Security Studies Department

Must be enrolled in one of the following Fields of Study (Major, Minor, Concentration, or Certificate):
      Arab Studies
      Asian Studies
      Eurasian, Russian, E Euro Stud
      Foreign Service
      German and European Studies
      Global Human Development
      Latin American Studies
      Law/Arab Studies
      Law/Foreign Service
      Law/Security Studies
      Security Studies

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