This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.
The unkind rub of antagonistic values ensures that conflict, in some form, will be ever-present throughout human history. Social conflict may be constructive or destructive. What characteristics of people and their social networks produce destructive violence - e.g., war, coups d’etat, civil wars, insurgencies, or terrorism? Terrorism is a tactic of violence; it will be the focus of this course. What is terrorism? Under what social conditions is it produced? What sustains it? What terminates it? Why have the sources of international terrorism centered in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq?
Readings: McCants, William; The ISIS Apocalypse; St. Martin’s, 2015; ISBN: 978-1-250-08090-5. Bergen, Peter L., 2011; The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict Between America and Al-Qaeda, ISBN-13: 9780743278942
Please Note: Class will not be held on November 23.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.