Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Causes and Consequences of different strategies (Julia Semmelbeck, Winter 2016)

Proseminar, Winter 2016: Introduction to International Relations: Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Causes and Consequences of different strategies

Instructor: Julia Semmelbeck

HWS 2016
SWS: 2


This seminar introduces students to the study of terrorism and counterterrorism. The focus will be on theoretical and empirical studies of causes and consequences of different strategies of terrorism as well as counterterrorism. Terrorism and responses to terrorism are among the dominating issues these days, making daily headlines, creating public anxiety, and influencing public policy alike. Any effective response to terrorism needs to rest upon the foundation of systematic analysis of the organizations that use terrorism to further their goals. As such, we will address questions of why, when, or where terrorism occurs. What motivates people to join terrorist organizations or how do internal dynamics of terrorist groups influence their decision-making process? Understanding questions like these is crucial for evaluating various counterterrorism strategies.

We will also introduce some data sources to study terrorist events and the behavior of terrorist groups.

Course requirements:

Students’ regular attendance and active class participation is required as well as a presentation and a research paper (all in English).

Office hours:

By appointment (please contact me via email)

Dates and times:

Wednesday, 8:30 – 10:00 (weekly), Room: B6, 23-25, A–102