Course Details

050:228:01 - The Contemporary American: The Global War on Terror

  • Course ID: 050:228:01
  • Credits: 3
  • Instructor Name: Gillespie
  • Instructor (Core Faculty): Gillespie, Angus K.
  • SAS Core Curriculum Goals: AHp, SCL

The War on Terror, also known as the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) is a term applied to an international military campaign starting after the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks on the US. This resulted in an international military campaign to eliminate Al-Qaeda and other militant organizations, such as ISIS. We will focus on two theaters of operations—Central Asia and the Middle East. By hearing from many different narrators, we will hopefully learn more about American culture in the period under discussion. We will read, watch, and listen to a variety of academic and popular sources in order to ask broader questions about what it means to be an American in today’s world.