American Counter Terrorism Law
Apr 1, 2013 to Jun 3, 2013
Cost per enrollment: Free
- Some of your work will be assessed by a content expert
- Provides opportunities to interact with the instructor or students
- Uses discussion forums
- Requires the purchase of a textbook or other course materials
- Some of your work will be assessed by peers
- Intended for educators or professionals
Full course description
This online course will introduce you to American laws related to terrorism and the prevention of terrorism. My approach to the topic is the case-study method. Each week, we will read a case study, along with the statutes, regulations, and other law-related materials relevant to the case. We’ll see how the case was handled in court and what reforms were enacted following the trial.
Each week’s assignment will include copies of the relevant laws and court rules, a glossary of terms, background readings, and other supplementary materials.
The course will commence with the first attempt by Islamic militants to bring down the World Trade Center towers with a truck bomb in 1993. From there, I'll take you through the major terrorist incidents of the past 20 years, including acts perpetrated by homegrown terrorists, such as the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995 and the trial of the SHAC Seven (animal rights) terrorists in Trenton (NJ) in 2006.
The textbook for this course is Counter Terrorism Issues: Case Studies in the Courtroom, by Jim Castagnera (estimated cost: $100) Find it at CRC Press
James Ottavio Castagnera, J.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Legal Studies
James Ottavio Castagnera, J.D., Ph.D., is a highly experienced academic with more than a quarter century of broad and varied experience in American higher education, most notably involving labor relations and employment issues, regulatory and administrative matters, and risk management. He has been the Director of University Communication at Case Western Reserve University and a law professor at the University of Texas-Austin, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Widener University School of Law. For the past 16 years he has served as the Associate Provost and Associate Counsel for Academic Affairs at Rider University, where he also holds an appointment as Associate Professor of Legal Studies in the College of Business Administration. For 10 years he was a labor lawyer with a major Philadelphia law firm. Dr. Castagnera also is the Managing Director of K&C Human Resource Enterprises, a freelance writing, editing, and consulting service. He has published 18 books, as well as numerous journal, magazine, and newspaper articles, primarily on higher education and human resources law, as well as on risk management.