Political Science Education and the Profession

Chico-to-Cairo: An Analysis of International Virtual Discussions of Terrorism

Adam Irish California State University, Chico
Whether focusing on the readings included in a syllabus, the learning activities that expose students to other perspectives, or physical travel to a foreign locale, political science classes face the pedagogical obstacle and opportunity of conveying the different political perspectives held diverse groups and states. This article builds on prior calls for internationalizing the classroom and develops a videoconference discussion of terrorism between students in Chico, California and Cairo, Egypt. Surveys reveal that students who attended the conference reported an increased confidence in their knowledge of terrorism as well as a deeper appreciation of international perspectives on terrorism. Based on this study, I argue for the creation of a more formal networking opportunities between US-based and foreign-based instructors in order to facilitate the availability of low-cost, international experiences as part of a more inclusive, internationalized classroom.