BSST - Terrorism Studies

BSST458 Special Topics in Study Abroad IV (1-6 Credits)

Special topics course taken as part of an approved study abroad program.

Repeatable to: 15 credits if content differs.

BSST630 Motivations and Intents of Terrorists and Terrorist Groups (3 Credits)

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.

Restriction: Must be in the Terrorism Analysis Graduate Certificate Program.

Credit Only Granted for: BSOS630 or BSST630.

Formerly: BSOS630.

BSST631 Societal Impacts of and Responses to Terrorism (3 Credits)

Explores the manners in which a variety of different actors respond to both terrorist incidents and the threat of terrorism. Examines local responses to terrorist incidents; local impacts of terrorism including effects on individual and group attitudes and behaviors; policy decisions made in response to both terrorist attacks and the threat of terrorism; terrorism prevention, deterrence, interdiction, and mitigation efforts; and individual and community recovery from terrorist attacks.

Restriction: Must be in Terrorism Analysis Graduate Certificate Program; or permission of department.

Credit Only Granted for: BSOS631 or BSST631.

Formerly: BSOS631.

BSST632 Development of Counterterrorism Policies and Programs (3 Credits)

Addresses the formulation, adoption, effectiveness, impacts, and afterlives of counterterrorism policies and programs.

Restriction: Must be in the Terrorism Analysis Graduate Certificate Program; or permission of department.

Credit Only Granted for: BSOS632 or BSST632.

Formerly: BSOS632.

BSST633 Research Methods in Terrorism and Counterterrorism (3 Credits)

Provides students with the opportunity to conduct original research, while exposing them to analytical tools relevant to the study of terrorism. Students will work with a range of data sources on domestic and international terrorism, and will be tasked with using data to test hypotheses related to the causes, behaviors, and/ or impacts of terrorism.

Credit Only Granted for: BSOS633 or BSST633.

Formerly: BSOS633.

BSST634 Legal and Criminal Approaches to Counterterrorism (3 Credits)

The United States and many of her allies have challenged long-standing legal boundaries in their effort to combat terrorism. This course examines these responses, including: increased criminalization of terrorism related activities; aggressive criminal prosecutions; detention of suspected terrorists indefinitely in far-off prisons; implementation of enhanced interrogation techniques; launch of drones to kill alleged terrorists, even U.S. citizens; and deployment of a vast system of mass surveillance.

Restriction: Must be in the Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis; or permission of instructor.

BSST635 Countering Violent Extremism: Policy and Practice (3 Credits)

In recent years, the understanding of how and why individuals engage in violent extremism and terrorism has evolved and become more nuanced, as have the tools to mitigate these threats. A field of policy and practice called Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) has emerged that focuses on countering the pull of terrorist recruitment and influence by building resilience among populations vulnerable to radicalization.

BSST636 Quantitative Research Methods in Terrorism Studies (3 Credits)

Introduction to probability, statistics and data analysis, particularly with respect to how they are used in the study of terrorism. Students will learn fundamental principles of probability and statistical inference, how to summarize data and make statistical inferences, and how to manipulate and analyze data in a statistical software package (Stata) that is widely used in the discipline. The course provides a foundation in quantitative analysis that will enable students to critically evaluate extant quantitative research and manipulate their own data. It will also prepare interested students for more advanced statistics training.

Restriction: Students must be in the Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis program. All other students should contact education@start.umd.edu to obtain permission to register.

BSST637 Qualitative Research Methods in Terrorism Studies (3 Credits)

Explores research design and qualitative methods using a hands-on approach. The course considers general themes such as the logic of inquiry, the appropriateness of qualitative approaches, as well as more specific topics such as process tracing, archival research, and survey methodology. It also provides students with the opportunity to learn and apply different tools for social science research.

Restriction: Students must be in the Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis program. All other students should contact education@start.umd.edu to obtain permission to register.

BSST638 Special Topics in Terrorism Studies (3 Credits)

A special topics course for students in the Global Terrorism Minor program. Topics that may be offered are Psychology of Terrorism; Development of Counterterrorism Policies and Programs; Terrorism and Popular Culture; Terrorism and the Media; International Perspective on Terrorism and Counterterrorism (Education Abroad); The Evolution of Hezbollah; Terrorism and Small Wars; Political Islam in the West.

Repeatable to: 9 credits if content differs.

BSST698 Seminar in Terrorism Studies (1-3 Credits)

A special topics seminar course for graduate students interested in terrorism studies.

Repeatable to: 9 credits if content differs.

BSST699 Independent Study in Terrorism Studies (3 Credits)

An independent study course for students in the Global Terrorism Minor program.

Repeatable to: 9 credits if content differs.