Graduate Liberal Studies Program

Course Description

GLS 592: Spies, Saboteurs, and Subversives

Instructor: Joe Gouverneur

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This course studies the importance of underground movements in recent history and contemporary society. The scope of the course will encompass a variety of groups; from secret American Communists to the Underground in Europe during the Second World War and Cold War to the more recent Al-Qaida Cells and radical religious cults.

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We will consider the vitality, conspiratorial nature, political, religious, and cultural importance of underground movements. The course will also consider the ideology, structure, and cohesion of clandestine groups.

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The instructor would like the course to ask the following questions:

  • Have such movements made a discernible impact on society?
  • Have such groups aided or hindered the forces of democracy?
  • What is the lifestyle and culture of underground groups?
  • Are there a particular set of repeatable circumstances that lead certain segments of society to go underground?
  • What is the path in which individuals go and stay underground without detection from the authorities for such an extended period of time?
  • What are the implications of the enduring presence of secret societies in an open democratic nation such as the United States?

** Images provided by instructor. All images came off of Google clip art.

Last Update: September 11, 2013