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HLSS323 - Homegrown Violent Extremism

Course Details

Course Code: HLSS323 Course ID: 4870 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course explores homegrown violent extremism in Western society that has significantly increased around the globe due to the inspiration of al Qaeda and similar groups. This course will examine the ideology of homegrown extremists and the different models of why and how people become radicalized and choose to take violent action against their fellow citizens. Also addressed in this course is the increasing use of social media to recruit and radicalize individuals, initiatives to counter homegrown violent extremism, as well as efforts to de-radicalize individuals.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
02/24/20 - 07/31/20 08/03/20 - 09/27/20 Summer 2020 Session I 8 Week session
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO-1: Describe the psychological factors of terrorism as well as the ideologies that drive homegrown violent extremism.

CO-2: Compare and contrast the different models and framework for the radicalization process.

CO-3: Examine case studies of homegrown violent extremism in North America.

CO-4: Describe the impact of social media on extremist recruiting and radicalization efforts.

CO-5: Compare and contrast initiatives to counter homegrown violent extremism and de-radicalization efforts.

Forum Discussions – 25 percent

Each week, a discussion question is provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings. Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET and respond to at least 2 classmates by Sunday 11:55 pm ET. Forum posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.

Midterm Assignment - 25 percent

This assignment is a research paper on homegrown extremism and terrorism, radicalization models and an assessment of the main inspiration of an extremist or terrorist group that you choose.

Progress Assignment - 25 percent

This assignment is a 5-7 page (double-spaced) paper where the student describes how to collect and analyze intelligence on the terrorist group.

Final Assignment – 25 percent

This assignment requires you to provide an evaluation of the impact of the internet and social media has had on homegrown extremism in North America and to conduct an analysis of current efforts to counter homegrown violent extremists.

NameGrade %
Forums 25.00 %
Forum 1 3.13 %
Forum 2 3.13 %
Forum 3 3.13 %
Forum 4 3.13 %
Forum 5 3.13 %
Forum 6 3.13 %
Forum 7 3.13 %
Forum 8 3.13 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Midterm Assignment: HVE and Radicalization 25.00 %
Progress Assignment 25.00 %
Progress Assignment: HVE Case Study 6 25.00 %
Final Assignment 25.00 %
Final Assignment: Internet and Social Media for Radicalization and Countering Violent Extremism 25.00 %

All required readings are located under the weekly Lessons tab in the classroom.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.