CRJU 4210 - Terrorism and Criminal Justice System


An examination of the motives and actions of terrorists, the governmental response to terrorism, especially in the wake of 9/11, and the legal and constitutional restraints on the government. Included will be issues such as surveillance of American citizens, detention of suspected terrorists, enemy combatants, limits on the methods of interrogation, and use of military tribunals.

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of terrorism and its history, including international and domestic terrorism; the role of the media, women, and technology in terrorism; and counterterrorism.
  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the ethical issues surrounding terrorism and counterterrorism.
  3. Students will, in a written project, integrate and, when possible, apply class materials to address counterterrorism in a particular setting.
  • Module 1: Defining Terrorism and Historical Perspectives
  • Module 2: Causes of Terrorists Violence and the Role of Media
  • Module 3: Terrorism by the State and by Dissidents
  • Module 4: Religious and International Terrorism
  • Module 5: Domestic Terrorism and Counterterrorism in the United States
  • Module 6: Homeland Security in the United States
  • Module 7: Future Trends and Projection
  • Module 8: Final Exam Period

Credit Hours

Criminal Justice


  • CRJU 1100

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