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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
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 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.

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 11:59 pm ET and respond to at least 2 classmates by Sunday 11:59 pm ET. Discussion posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.

Midterm Assignment - 25 percent

Progress Assignment - 25 percent

Final Assignment – 25 percent

All required readings are located under the weekly Content 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.