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HLSS523 - Domestic Terrorism and Extremist Groups

Course Details

Course Code: HLSS523 Course ID: 3225 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course traces the history, emergence, and growth of domestic terrorist and extremist groups within the United States. Students will assess various groups' intentions, capabilities, and activities within contexts of and ramifications on political, national security, and legal paradigms.

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: Analyze extremism in the United States

CO-2: Differentiate extremists, extremist organizations, and extremist events of the past 50 years

CO-3: Examine contemporary accounts on the emergence of extremism in the United States

CO-4: Deconstruct the influence of globalization and technology on domestic extremism recruitment, membership, and its sustained impact

CO-5: Evaluate past and present attempts to counter extremism in the United States

Discussion Forums – 20%

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 2 or more 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.

Research Question, Purpose Statement, and Bibliography – 15%

Outline of the course research paper. Develop the components of this assignment including a research question, purpose statement, and bibliography of at least six sources, two of which must be peer-reviewed. The specific research question relates to evaluating domestic extremism.

Research Paper – 35%

The research paper should be at least 10 pages of content as it relates to analysis of your topic, not including the cover page, the reference list, and any appendices.

Final Assignment – 30%

This assignment consists of 4 questions, 2-3 pages each, to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory.

NameGrade %
Forums 20.00 %
Week 1 Forum 2.50 %
Week 2 Forum 2.50 %
Week 3 Forum 2.50 %
Week 4 Forum 2.50 %
Week 5 Forum 2.50 %
Week 6 Forum 2.50 %
Week 7 Forum 2.50 %
Week 8 Forum 2.50 %
Research Paper 35.00 %
Domestic Extremism and Terrorism Research Paper 35.00 %
Research Question Assignment 15.00 %
Research Paper Framework Assignment 15.00 %
Final Assignment 30.00 %
Final Assignment 30.00 %

Readings are located under the weekly Lessons tab.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.