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Course Code: INTL650 Course ID: 3102 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course will examine the evolution of intelligence and counterterrorism while analyzing a framework for combating terrorism. This course will focus on terrorism variables that present a problem to international and U.S. national security, suggest solutions, and provide alternatives to current counterterrorism policies. In this course, your studies will focus on a variety of aspects related to terrorism, counterterrorism, to include historical perspectives, analysis of terrorist organizations, and patterns of terrorism. You will be required to study a range of topics related to terrorism. You will read an arrangement of books and articles that will develop a comprehensive understanding of how counterterrorism impacts national security.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
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
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

CO-1: Evaluate the variables and strategies of terrorism.
CO-2: Understand the characteristics and variables of counterterrorism.
CO-3: Assess a counterterrorism framework against terrorist groups.
CO-4: Demonstrate an understanding of applying a counterterrorism framework against the variables of a specific terrorist group.
CO-5: Assess the methodology of combating terrorism against international and U.S. policy objectives.

Discussions – 25 percent Discussion questions will be provided and posts should reflect assimilation of the readings and respond to the assigned topic(s). 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. Discussion posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.

Assignment 1: Evaluating the Ideology of a Terrorist Group – 35 percent This assignment is a formal evaluation of a terrorist group’s ideology. The student will demonstrate the underlying belief(s) of a terrorist group and how the group utilizes the variables of iSTART. Papers must be 8 pages in length not including title page and references.

Assignment 2: Evaluating Counterterrorism Strategies – 40 percent This assignment is a 12-15 page critical analysis of a counterterrorism operation. The student may choose from a list of topics, which can be found in the assignments section within the course. Discuss what was and wasn’t effective utilizing the iSTART framework. Title page and references not included in page total.

  • Course readings consist of selected ebook chapters and journal articles found in the Lessons area of the classroom.
  • 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.

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Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.