Through a study of terrorism from the French Revolution to the present, students examine
terrorism within the context of individual and state-initiated acts of political and social
violence, and through themes such as the evolution of democracy, social and political alienation,
rising national, ethnic, and religious consciousness, and cultural and economic globalization.
Students advance their understanding of the root causes for terrorism in the modern world through
their interpretation and analysis of historical resources.
After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:
- Identify and illustrate the evolution of terrorism across the globe.
- Generalize the roots of terrorism and its evolution in terms of state development, and
democratic and nationalistic expressions.
- Distinguish between state and individual acts of terror.
- Summarize the relationship between terrorism and modernization and the quest for human
- Analyze and explain terrorism in the context of political, religious and nationalistic
- Recognize the political, social and economic environments that give rise to terrorism;
- Describe cultural and political views of terrorism.
- Recognize and explain terrorism in the context of developed and undeveloped societies.
- Articulate the roots and legacy of terrorism in the context of colonialism and imperialism.
- Examine critically historical evidence and interpretations of terrorism and its expression in
the modern world.
- Undertake comprehensive historical research on the political, social and economic causes of
Module 1: Terror in the Modern World – The French Revolution and Terror
Module 2: Terrorism and the Rise of Social Consciousness and Political Violence
Module 3: Terrorism as a Response to Decolonization and National Liberation
Module 4: Terrorism as a Global Phenomena
Required text and materials
Laqueur, Walter. A History of Terrorism/ Walter Laqueur; with a new preface by the author and
a foreword and afterword by Bruce Hoffman. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers,
Miller, Martin. The Foundation of Modern Terrorism: State, Society and the Dynamics of
Political Violence. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.
To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on
the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.
|Assignment 1: What is Terrorism?
|Assignment 2: Democracy, Nationalism, Social Consciousness, and Anarchism
|Assignment 3: Colonialism, Imperialism, and Independent Movements
|Assignment 4: International Organizations and the Quest for Independence
|Mandatory Final Project: History of Terrorism
Open Learning Faculty Member Information
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.