Criminal Justice-COLL | National Security Law and Policy
P300 | 14888 | Ingram


Every so often events occur that those who are old enough to
remember never forget where they were or what they were doing when
they learned of them.  September 11, 2001 was one of those days.
These “triggering events” usually lead to change in society.
September 11, 2001 had a tremendous impact on both law and policy in
the United States.  This course will examine how the government
responded to the attacks on the World Trade Center and the
Pentagon.  In doing so, it will explore how law and policy are
shaped by such events  while at the same time demonstrating that the
responses are not unique in history.
The course will begin by defining terrorism.  Understanding its
meaning and the varying definitions of it serves as the basis for
understanding the response of law and policy.  After grappling with
its definition, it will look at how the United States has dealt with
threats to its national security throughout its history.  Next, the
course will set the stage for law and policy change by delving into
the events and reactions to the September 11 attacks.  The remainder
of the course will explore the legal and policy changes that have
occurred as a result.
For its theoretical framework, the course will employ sociological
and political theories of law creation and change.  Comingled with
the actual law and policy changes will be studies of the role of
policy windows, special interests, the media, conflict and
consensus.  It will also explore the nature of leadership and how
political leaders operate to gain support for their ideas.
Class time will focus on weekly reading assignments that will come
from a variety of sources.  Discussion will center on analyzing the
policy choices and exploring other alternatives.  Grades will be
based on class attendance and participation as well as a case study
project that will involve both written and oral presentation.

Class meeting: Tuesday and Thursday, 11:15-12:30

Instructor: Scott Ingram, criminal justice department