HSE635 Communication and Security

Course Description

This course provides an examination of terrorism and homeland security from a communication perspective. It explores how terrorism is essentially a message. Through case studies and speeches, it explores how terrorists and governments communicate messages through actions and discourse. The course also discusses how political media, the mass media and global media outlets support communicating messages.

Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate the various communications methods in supporting terrorism messages.
  • Appraise the relationship between the media and terrorism.
  • Analyze how global communication networks and the internet are used to support terrorist messaging.
  • Examine how language and rhetoric can be used to influence messaging.
  • Analyze how crisis communication can influence terrorism messages.
  • Argue ethical issues with respect to the media in reporting on terrorism and terrorist activities.