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CJHR302: Terrorism and Police Response

CJHR302: Terrorism and Police Response

Course Description


This advanced-level course delves into the intricate dynamics of countering terrorism and extremism from a law enforcement perspective within the realm of global security. Students will navigate the complex challenges faced by law enforcement agencies as they strive to identify, prevent, and respond to acts of terrorism. By examining legal frameworks, policies, and strategies employed by these agencies, students will gain a deep understanding of the multifaceted nature of combating terrorism while upholding principles of justice and human rights.


The course will explore the critical role of intelligence and information sharing in enhancing law enforcement's ability to combat terrorism. Students will delve into intelligence collection methods, sources, and the challenges associated with international information sharing. The course will also address the significant issue of preventing radicalization and recruitment, highlighting effective counter-narratives, de-radicalization strategies, and the importance of community engagement and partnerships in preventing extremism.


In addition, the course will delve into the investigative and prosecutorial aspects of terrorism cases, analyzing investigative techniques, challenges in evidence collection, and the significance of international cooperation in extradition and prosecution. Crisis response and hostage situations will also be explored, with a focus on tactical considerations, operational coordination, and post-incident management.


By the end of this course, students will have gained comprehensive knowledge of law enforcement responses to terrorism in international security. They will be equipped with the analytical tools to assess the effectiveness of counterterrorism measures, understand the ethical complexities involved, and propose strategies for future improvements. This course prepares students for advanced careers in law enforcement, intelligence agencies, policy-making bodies, or academic research in the field of counterterrorism and international security.


Learning Outcomes


  • Define and differentiate between terrorism and extremism, demonstrating a comprehensive understanding of their ideologies, motivations, and historical context.

  • Analyze and evaluate the international legal frameworks and national laws related to counterterrorism while critically examining the challenges of balancing security measures with the protection of civil liberties.

  • Understand the role of intelligence agencies in countering terrorism, including intelligence collection methods, sources, and the challenges and benefits of international information sharing.

  • Assess the process of radicalization and recruitment into terrorist organizations, and analyze the effectiveness of counter-narratives, de-radicalization strategies, and community engagement in preventing extremism.

  • Explore and evaluate investigative techniques and tools used in counterterrorism operations, and assess the challenges involved in collecting evidence and building cases against terrorists.

  • Analyze the importance of international cooperation in investigating and prosecuting terrorism cases, including the challenges of extradition, jurisdictional issues, and the significance of bilateral and multilateral agreements.

  • Understand and evaluate law enforcement responses to terrorist attacks and hostage situations, including tactical considerations, operational coordination, and post-incident management.

  • Examine the impact of emerging threats, such as cyberterrorism and technological advancements, on law enforcement's response to terrorism and extremism.

  • Critically assess the ethical challenges faced by law enforcement agencies in countering terrorism and extremism and propose strategies to uphold principles of justice and human rights.

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of current counterterrorism measures and propose future strategies for law enforcement's response to terrorism, considering emerging trends and global security challenges.

  • Conduct independent research, critically analyze case studies and scholarly literature, and communicate findings effectively in oral and written formats.

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the complexities surrounding law enforcement's role in countering terrorism and apply theoretical knowledge to practical scenarios and real-world contexts.

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