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Course Details

Course Code: INTL451 Course ID: 3193 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course assesses the impact of terrorism on U.S. national security. With a focus on essential elements related to terrorism as well as on U.S. anti-terrorism and counter-terrorism policies and their challenges, the student will develop a comprehensive understanding of how the United States views terrorism and how its lasting threat affects national security.

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
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

CO-1 Examine definitions, origins and causes of terrorism.

CO-2 Compare objectives, patterns, and actors of terrorism before and after 2001.

CO-3 Evaluate the character and influence of terrorist groups, their goals, structure, logistics and operations.

CO-4 Analyze the current trends and manifestations of terrorism and consequent challenges they pose for U.S. national security policies.

CO-5 Apply contemporary theories and methods derived from anti- and counter-terrorism policies to US national security issues.

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 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.

Midterm Assignment – 35 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The assignment will be no fewer than or no more than four pages, double-spaced, in 12 pt. font. Its purpose is to assess student learning for Weeks One to Four. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory. Specific instructions are located in the Assignments section of the classroom.

Final assignment – 40 percent

This is a take-home specialized policy paper. Its length is 4 pages. This assignment will assess the last two course objectives. Detailed instructions for this project are located in Assignments in the classroom.

Course readings consist of selected ebook chapters and journal articles found in the Lessons area of the classroom. See the Required Readings list below for the readings for the course.

Required Readings:

Byman, Daniel. 2005. Deadly Connections: States that Sponsor Terrorism. Cambridge University Press.

Bunzel, Cole. 2016. “From Paper State to Caliphate: The Ideology of Islamic State.” The Brookings Institution, Washington

Cragin, Kim and Sara Daily. 2003. Dynamic Terrorist Threat: An Assessment of Group Motivations and Capabilities. RAND Corporation.

Hoffman, Bruce. 2006. Inside Terrorism. Columbia University Press.

Lister, Charles. 2015. “Returning Foreign Fighters: Criminalization or Re-Integration. The Brookings Institution, Washington DC.

Phares, Walid. 2005. Future Jihad: Terrorist Strategies against America. Palgrave Macmillan.

Robinson, Linda. 2016. “Assessment of the Politico-Military Campaign to Counter ISIL and Options for Adaptation. Rand Corporation. Santa Monica. CA

Rosant, Eric. 2016. “The U.S. Needs a National Prevention Network to Defeat ISIS.” Brookings Institute.

Stern, Jessica. 2009. “Mind over Martyr: How to Deradicalize Islamist Extremists. Council of Foreign Relations:

Stewart, Scott. (2016). “It Takes Village to Stop a Lone Wolf.” STRATFOR Global Intelligence

Weimann, Gabriel. 2015. “Cyber-terrorism.” In Terrorism in Cyberspace: The Next Generation. 149-173. Columbia University Press

  • External websites and other assigned reading found in the Lessons area of the classroom.
  • Weekly Lesson Notes and videos or audio files are found in the Lessons area of the classroom.
Book Title:Deadly Connections: States that Sponsor Terrorism-e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Cambridge University Press
Unit Cost:$22.00
Book Title:Inside Terrorism, 2nd Ed-E-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Columbia University Press
Author:Hoffman, Bruce
Unit Cost:$18.54
Book Title:Dynamic Terrorist Threat: An Assessment of Group Motivations and Capabilities in a Changing World-ebook available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Rand Corporation
Author:Cragin, Kim/Daly, Sara
Unit Cost:$16.97
Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit to locate the eReserve by course #.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.