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WEST to examine political extremism this summer

April 1, 2010
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On March 20th 2010, a bomb exploded outside the home of a Pakistani community leader in Athens, Greece.  The day before, a bomb had damaged the office of an anti-immigration group in the city.  The week before, a French policeman was killed by a member of the Basque separatist group ETA.  While these events were not related, they highlight that homegrown violent extremism still exists in Europe.

In response to these issues, WEST will be offering “WEUR-W405/605: Political Extremism and Violence in Western Europe after World War II” this summer.  In addition to being taught at IU in Bloomington, the course will also be available online for non-IU students, including those from Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) institutions.

The course will provide students with a better understanding of political extremism from 1945 until the present day.  It will look at the political, philosophical, societal, cultural, and historical origins of extremist movements in Western Europe and analyze how they function, their goals and methods, and why they received support and recruits.

For more information, visit:  http://www.indiana.edu/~west/summercourses2010.shtml.   IU students can register on OneStart, while non-IU students please contact the WEST office for information or to register.

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