PLS 472-01

Vaughn Shannon Mar 21 (8 days ago)

PLS 472 students, the syllabus is now up and available on Course Studio (under files) for your perusal. Note that, due to the limited number of class meetings this quarter, we will be diving into material the first night. This includes the following modest reading excerpts from your texts: Ch.1 of the Art & Richardson book, and from the Gus Martin book, Essentials of Terrorism, ch.1 and ch. 2 (to p.31). Be thinking about the following for Tuesday night:

1. How do different scholars define “terrorism”, and what do you think a good definition would be? If we are to study terrorism, how do we know it when we see it?

2. Consider the various ways Art & Richardson categorize the case studies of their book in chapter 1. Which categorization do you think will be most useful for understanding terrorism and counterterrorism?

Enjoy your break, but remember to prepare for our first class next week,


Dr. Shannon


*** SYLLABUS ***


Selected case:  INDIA/KASHMIR

My def: ideologically motivated violence (or the credible threat thereof), typically targeting noncombatants, intended to provoke a political response/result.

US State Dept.: premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents, usually intended to influence an audience




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