SOC 510 Terrorism Group Dynamics

Terrorist decision-making often depends just as much on the group’s structure and internal power relations as on ideology and external circumstance. Students in this course will acquire the tools necessary to identify and evaluate the variety of structures of terrorist organizations, from strict hierarchy to diffuse networks, as well as the implications of structure and internal dynamics on terrorist actions and capabilities. They will demonstrate the ability to apply theories of organizations and networks, as well as how these concepts can be exploited to infiltrate and nullify terrorist groups.

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

Analyze and discuss the Psychological Motivation for Terrorism and Recognize and describe the Social Psychology and Group Dynamics of Terrorists. 

Recognize the various behaviors inherent to Terrorist Groups and
describe the ways the associated behaviors affect the workings of a Terrorist Group.  

Analyze the workings of a Domestic (United States) Terrorist Group in order to classify and distinguish the different dynamics at work in these types of groups.  

Evaluate the behavior of a member of a terrorist group in order to recognize why an individual joins a terrorist group and how that individual becomes a terrorist.  

Identify and explain the psychology, motivation, and behavioral traits that distinguish a foreign or domestic terrorist group. 

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