Drew University

The Age of Global Terrorism

Americans have paid closer attention to terrorism after the September 11, 2001 attacks. However, terrorism is neither new nor a distinctive threat to the United States. In fact, terrorist attacks have been commonplace since 1945. This course presents an overview of terrorism’s evolution in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. This course is divided into four parts. Part one provides a historical overview of terrorism and distinguishes it from other forms of political violence. Part two compares and contrasts ethno-nationalists and religious terrorist organizations, showing that both groups, while informed by different mindsets, use terrorist tactics in an attempt to achieve clear political ends. Part three examines the evolving strategic logic of suicide terrorism. Part four shows how the forces of globalization are changing the scope and strategies terrorist groups employ.

This course on terrorism will be taught in a hybrid format, with both online and face-to-face meetings at the Church Center in New York City Several different modes of communication will be used during the online meetings.  Asynchronous sessions will incorporate online readings, videos, online search exercises and PowerPoint presentations. Synchronous learning will be conducted using Webex video-conferencing, sometimes incorporating the aforementioned methods. In order to complete the course, students will require minimum technological specs: a computer with a reliable broadband connection, video and sound.

  • GenEd.: CLA-Breadth/Social Science
  • Instructor: Prof. Jonathan Golden
  • Dates: June 30 – August 7 (six weeks)
  • Times:
    • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; M (77 United Nations Plaza, NY, NY 10017)
    • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; W (Online from student’s residence)


To apply/register for this course, when completing the application choose “On campus courses” and write in “Age of Global Terrorism” for “What course(s) would you like to take?”