Undergraduate and Graduate Courses

Professor David Schanzer

PUBPOL 190FS 9/11, Islam and Modern Middle East

PUBPOL 504 Counterterrorism Law and Policy:
This course explores the novel legal and policy issues resulting from the United States’ response to 9/11 attacks and the threat posed by modern terrorist organizations. Topics include preventative/preventive war; detention, interrogation, and prosecution of suspect terrorists; domestic surveillance; and government secrecy and public access to information.

PUBPOL 561 9/11: Causes, Response and Strategy:
Examination of the origin and ideology of al-Qaeda and affiliated organizations, the events that led to the 9/11 attacks, and the public policy response in terms of use of force, preventive intelligence and law enforcement policies, and homeland security. Comparative examination of the efficacy and ethics of alternative counterterrorism policies.

PUBPOL 550 Privacy, Technology, and National Security:
This course explores the impact of new and developing technologies on personal privacy and individual liberty and threats to privacy arising from the national security state and corporate activities. It includes an in depth examination of conceptions of privacy and the extent to which privacy rights are protected by the Constitution, statutory law, and policy.

PUBPOL 590-01 (1/2 credit course; open to undergraduate and graduate students)
National Security Simulation – Great Power Competition, Non-State Actors & Human Rights

Professor David Schanzer and David Gartenstein-Ross, terrorism scholar and CEO of Valens Global
Students will participate in a seven-week national security simulation where they will have an assigned role as a state or non-state actor and work with teams to develop policy responses to a security crisis that changes and develops over time. This simulation will involve great power competition between the United States and China, as both powers pressure the other through non-state actor proxies. Participants will need to gain an understanding of the facts through a complex information environment that is polluted with misinformation that allows actors to engage in manipulation and deception. Students should have two prior courses relating to foreign policy, national security, or international relations, or relevant job experience in the field.

PUBPOL 803-04 Policy Analysis I:
Introduction to policy analysis and advising. Emphasis on written and oral communication skills, the substance of public policies, and the role of policy analysts.

Professor Timothy Nichols

PUBPOL 505S.01 National Security Decision Making:
The US national security environment is characterized by competing interests, politics, information, analysis, national capabilities, and, most importantly, decision-making. To affect successful national security decision-making, our leaders must understand and apply all the elements of national power with a keen eye towards the intended impact (and secondary effects) in a constantly changing, complex, global arena.

PUBPOL 507S.01 Intelligence for National Security:
This seminar is intended for upper level undergraduates, graduate students, and professional Fellows who possess an interest in US National Security issues. During the semester, we will learn about the intelligence function associated with US National Security.

PUBPOL 804.01 Policy Analysis II:
The role and influence of policy analysis. The examination of specific public policy cases and recommendations for action. Emphasis on written and oral communications skills. Open to public policy studies MPP students only.