Graduate Liberal Studies Program

Course Description

GLS 592: Crime, Terrorism, and Psychology?

Instructor: John Christian (contact campbellp AT uncw DOT com to establish communication.)

The purpose of this course will be to provide a overview of current psychological viewpoints on terrorism with a focus on Islamic fundamentalist groups. Research and literature concerning these theories on the psychological impact of terrorism, social and psychological roots of terrorism, and attempts to find a "terrorist profile" will be reviewed.Despite the focus on current threats, a broad overview of historic terrorist threats and organizations will also be given in order to provide a context in which to compare and contrast current organizations. Motivations and strategies of current terroristgroups will be reviewed. The psychological process of becoming a terrorist will be discussed in light of current theories. Drawing together readings, several case studies will be presented in class. Finally, intersection of psychological understandings of terrorism and counter-terrorism strategies will be discussed.

Last Update: March 15, 2010