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LIST 504: Bioterrorism

Area: Ideas and Issues in Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Instructor: Dr. David Hunnicutt

Course Description
There is nothing more global than an epidemic in that it doesn’t respect geographic boundaries and doesn’t care about the religious, ethnic or cultural differences between societies. When such an epidemic is deliberately induced as a mechanism of retaliation for alleged wrongs, fear is the societal result.

We’ll use a combination of lecture/discussion and laboratory work to gain a better understanding of the biological agents, terrorism and the groups who engage in such acts. We’ll cover basic microbiology, mechanisms of infectious disease and immunology, in addition to Just War Theory, analysis of the U.S. State Department’s list of terrorist organizations, and other topics of interests.

Required Book List

  • Zubay, Geoffrey. Agents of Bioterrorism: Pathogens and the Weaponization. West Sussex: Columbia University Press, 2005.
  • Guillemin, Jeanne. Biological Weapons. West Sussex: Columbia University Press, 2006.
  • Preston, Richard. The Hot Zone. New York: Random Press, 1994.