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Syllabus and Course Information POS-364: National Security and International Terrorism SLN: 82333 & 89057 ASU at the Polytechnic Campus Fall, 2007 ****Internet Class**** Instructor: Charles Loftus, Ph.D. E-mail: [email protected] Phone: +01-480-965-4839 Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM -8 GMT Office: Public Safety-Police Complex, Tempe Campus Course Description The goal of POS-364 is to develop a foundation and understanding of how the United States of America approaches its National Security and threats from Terrorism. The class will introduce the history of significant events, current events, actors and organizations, and how the future of national security issues affects the internal and external politics of the United States of America. We will also examine the problems that have been faced, created, and how other actors in the world arena react to the United States approach to protect itself and combat terrorism. A Special Notice: This class studies a very volatile and controversial subject. This class is directed from the position that National Security is needed and the United States is in danger from terrorist threats. That said, any positions from the students are welcomed and encouraged as long as they are supported in an appropriate academic format. Any discussions or content which I may detect as offensive or otherwise inappropriate for the class will be dealt with in accordance with my responsibilities as an academic professional. I have closed the course to outside viewers so discussions can be limited only to the members of this class. I strongly encourage discussion and the creation of discussion topics. This is the only way we can learn from each other. We all see the world through a different set of lenses and the use of the discussion boards are very beneficial in this area. The class will involve readings along with homework and research assignments. The final exam is based on readings and exercises. There is a final examination based on the readings and course materials. All grades will be posted on Blackboard, which students can check throughout the class.
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