Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
First-Year Seminar


FYS Section A21. Terrorism and Counterterrorism

This seminar focuses on terrorism and efforts by states to counter terrorist activities. We will begin with an examination of terrorism as a concept, followed by selected case studies, which will include terrorist activities in Russia, Northern Ireland, Sri Lanka, Peru and Columbia. The second part of the class will deal with US counterterrorism efforts in the Middle East. The class will include a simulation of the US National Security Council as it seeks to respond to a terrorist threat. A primary goal of the class is to understand the range of motivations that violent non-state actors employ, their ultimate goals, and the strategies employed by states (and their effectiveness) in countering a perceived threat.

Jeanne WilsonJeanne Wilson
Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of Russian Studies