Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)


Professor David Schanzer teaches two MOOCs based on his Duke courses: Understanding 9/11 and Responding to 9/11.

Understanding 9/11 explains the historical, political, religious and cultural factors that led to the creation of al Qaeda and inspired its members to execute the 9/11 attack. The course also considers the concept of terrorism as a form of political violence and explains why U.S. counterterrorism policies prior to 9/11 were inadequate for detecting the plot and preventing the success of the attack.

Responding to 9/11 provides students with a critical assessment of the counterterrorism policies the United States and its allies have pursued in response to the 9/11 and other terrorist attacks by racial Islamist extremists. Topics to be covered include the use of military force to counter terrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq, targeted killings with drones, the U.S.’s use of “enhanced interrogation techniques,” detention of terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, communication surveillance (including a review of NSA programs leaked by Edward Snowden), and homeland security.

These course will be available in late 2016 in an “on-demand” format, meaning that the materials will be available at all times and student can complete the course at their own pace.

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