Fall 2021

Understanding 9/11. And on the 20th anniversary, preparing for the next 9/11.

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-382

Moodle site: Course


Paul Rieckhoff (Section 01)


The events of September 11, 2001 shaped a generation. This course/seminar will explore how 9/11 has impacted every element of our politics, national defense, foreign policy, public health, economic division, pop culture and more, ever since that fateful day. We will examine the timeline of that day—and the policy debates and decisions that followed and have shaped American (and global) life since. Drawing from a range of sources and special guests with first-hand lived experience, this course will have a special focus on national defense, military and foreign policy elements—and span the early Congressional debates, the Authorization for the Use of Military Force, the invasion of Afghanistan, the debate around the use of torture, the invasion of Iraq, the health impacts domestically, and the many lessons learned—and not learned. We’ll then turn to the future, and ask: “What is the next 9/11?” We’ll shift to dissect and discuss rising threats including new pandemics, domestic terrorism, cyberwarfare and new frontiers for combat including the Arctic and space. 

Requisite: At least one POSC course (200 level and above). Sophomores and above. Not open to first-year students. Limited to 20 students. Fall semester. Visiting Lecturer Rieckhoff

If Overenrolled: Preference will be given to Political Science majors.


Attention to Research, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2021