Global Studies Research is a research methods textbook designed for interdisciplinary International Studies majors and their faculty. The textbook introduces interdisciplinarity, provides basic building blocks of relevant disciplinary knowledge, explains a process for integrating knowledge from multiple disciplines, and models this interdisciplinary International Studies Research Process in its presentation of the case studies.

A Complex Problem : Terrorism

Below is a sample integrated essay that serves to introduce the second case study of a complex global issue: terrorism. As another completed puzzle picture, this essay resulted from gathering, comparing, and combining information and insights from the common Global Studies disciplines plus another relevant discipline, psychology. It particularly focuses on causes of terrorism, in answer to the research question prepared: “How do the following potential structural and individual causes of terrorism describe motivations in the two different contexts of the IRA and Al Qaeda: (1) historical acceptance of political violence, (2) foreign or colonial occupation, (3) hegemony and power, (4) economic conditions, and (5) social alienation?” Chapters 6 and 7 should be read together, because Chapter 7 explains ...

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