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The History of Terrorism

This free, online, eight-week course begins on January 12, 2015 and will reach back to the ancient world and explore the development of terrorism in the 19th and 20th centuries, culminating with the post-9/11 War on Terror. This course will equip students to analyze the causes of and responses to terrorism. Topics will include:  * The political, social, and cultural causes of terrorism and political violence; * Popular responses to terrorism; * Changing definitions of terrorism; * And the impact of terrorism in the modern world.   Participation in this course is open to all and participants can access this non-credit course for free.  For a small fee, students who complete the entire coursework may earn a certificate of completion to satisfy continuing education requirements in various professional fields including the military, law enforcement, and education.   This is a totally asynchronous course, so there will be no live classes. The course lasts 8 weeks, and there are 3, 15-20 minute video lectures during each week. Each lecture is the centerpiece of a “module,” and there are a total of 24 modules during the 8 week course.    You will have access to each week’s module at 12:00 AM EDT at the beginning of the week. This means that at midnight Eastern on Monday, January 12, you’ll get access to Week 1, which includes Modules 1-3 and the accompanying lectures. At midnight the following Monday, January 19, you’ll get access to Week 2, which includes Modules 4-6. The course continues in this fashion.  The course is taught by Dr. Law who holds a B.A. from Amherst College, an M.A. from Yale University, and a Ph.D. from Georgetown University. He earned a prestigious Fulbright Research Scholarship to research early 21st Century terrorism in Odessa, Ukraine. He has received both the ODK Excellence in Teaching Award and the Richebourg Gaillard McWilliams Faculty Scholarship Award.  The course is offered by Birmingham-Southern College, a four-year, private liberal arts institution in Birmingham, Ala., founded in 1856 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It enrolls about 1,200 students from more than 30 states and 16 foreign countries.

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