PLSC-170 : War, Revolution, and Terrorism

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: PLSC-170 War, Revolution, and Terrorism

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3; offered as needed

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): (Or Co-requisite) Students must complete any developmental requirements in English (see Proficiency in Math and English) prior to taking this course or enroll in ENGL-101 and BE-102 at the same time as this course.

Course Description in college catalog:

An interdisciplinary survey of why and how nations, organizations, and individuals use violence to achieve political ends. Investigation of economic, social, and political conditions that stimulate violence in contemporary society — such as international, civil, and guerrilla war; revolution; terrorism; revolt, or threat. The ideological and legal aspects of violence also examined. 

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science)

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use historical or social sciences perspectives to examine formation of ideas, human behavior, social institutions, or social processes

Course-specific student learning outcomes:


 1. Students will read subject texts effectively.

 2. Students will critically evaluate theories and concepts in war, revolution and terrorism.

 3. Students will apply course concepts to current issues in war, revolution and terrorism.

Learning Outcomes:  

1. Students will summarize passages from assigned readings.

2. Students will compare and contrast opposing points of view on the topics of war, revolution and terrorism.

3. Students will identify basic content in the subject areas of war, revolution and terrorism: vocabulary, concepts, theories, models.

4. Students will list key concepts from specific approaches to war, revolution and terrorism.

5. Students will appraise, analyze, and debate contemporary challenges facing the United States and the world in the areas of war, revolution and terrorism.

6. Students will appraise how war, revolution and terrorism around the world affect domestic issues and their everyday lives.

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

Some sections will satisfy the college requirements for Writing Intensive instruction.

All sections will involve exercises involving reading comprehension and critical thinking skills development.

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

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