PSY 576 Analyzing the Terrorist Mind

Popular belief is that “normal” people do not kill civilians indiscriminately. Add to this the use of suicide as a terrorist tactic, and all acts of terrorism are viewed as irrational. Hence, the search is for some inner attributes to explain these acts as well as try to understand the basics of how terrorists think. This course will explore and assess various characteristics that may explain this behavior as well as delve into de- humanization factors that affect these individuals. This course will also address behavior and verbal signs the student can learn to assist in predicting the level of danger presented.

This course is offered in the following Certificates:

The course learning outcomes that you will demonstrate upon completion of this course are as follows:

Demonstrate information literacy by conducting research on psychological, cultural, and group aspects of the terrorists using a various information sources. 

Evaluate the psychological and behavioral dynamics of terrorists both as individuals and members of groups using sophisticated analysis and creative application of conceptual skills.  

Using advanced analytical methods, appraise terrorists’ motivations, goals and processes. 

Demonstrate strategic leadership competencies by examining the psychology of terrorism and communicating the global implications.

Effectively communicate the results of detailed examination of the terrorist mind.

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