HLS 2050: Introduction to Terrorism


Introduction to Terrorism contains an examination of the various types of terrorism and known terrorist groups deemed to be a probable threat against the citizens of the United States, and explores various techniques and resources designed to counter terrorist threats in the United States.


  1. Evaluate historical trends of domestic terrorism in the United States of America.
  2. Classify terrorism in the United States and abroad.
  3. Examine the trends in weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) in domestic and international terrorism.
  4. Outline counterterrorism strategies used to reduce terrorism within the borders of the United States.
  5. Analyze the rise of “lone-wolf” terrorism in domestic and international terrorism.
  6. Investigate the affiliations between domestic terrorists and transnational terrorists to include heterogeneous groups, foreign fighters, suicide bombers, and violent extremists.
  7. Describe the role of geographical information systems and technology in domestic terror risk assessment and vulnerability analysis.
  8. Explain the growing use of mass media and social media in domestic terrorism.




Terrorism, intelligence and homeland security

Publisher: Pearson (2016)
Author: Taylor, R. W., & Swanson, C. R.
ISBN: 9780133517125
Price: $115.12

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