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2007 Rochester Institute of Technology | Sociology and Anthropology Department | College of Liberal Arts

War and Terror:
Curricular Strategies

Uli Linke and Danielle Taana Smith
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Rochester Institute of Technology

The perpetual formation of new military conflicts and regimes of warfare, the increasing magnitude of acts of terror and counter terror, and the growing intensity of political, ethnic, and social violence across the globe make it critically imperative that college classrooms provide teaching strategies that enable students to analytically engage the contemporary realities of war and terror with a judicious and humanistic approach.

This website offers a selection of educational resources to enable students to think through the various political, social, and cultural dimensions of war and terror and to acquire an enhanced understanding of the impact of war and/or terror on the lives of men, women, and children in different parts of the world. Our goal is to make available a range of visual resources, reading materials, and teaching strategies that we find useful in introducing our students to issues of global violence. The materials we generated can be used by educators across multiple disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, international studies, and gender studies. We hope that faculty from different academic specialties might incorporate these curricular resources effectively into existing courses and subsequently educate students about the complexities of war and terror with solid engagement.

Our curricular modules as well as course syllabi are designed to encourage student understanding of the human experiences, historical contexts, and social dimensions of violence, war, and terror. We offer a mix of educational techniques through a combination of readings, exercises, projects, and films that allows students to arrive at a more informed assessment about the ways in which cultural, ethnic, and gender differences are played out in these global arenas of war and terror. The intensification of violent encounters in the intercultural zones of contact worldwide makes this an increasingly important endeavor.

[Photo credits: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington DC: http://www.ushmm.org ]