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INTL650 - Counterterrorism

Course Details

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
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: Evaluate the techniques and strategies of counter terrorism.

CO-2: Analyze characteristics of those individuals drawn to terrorist acts.

CO-3: Examine the nature of terrorism in order to assess appropriate countermeasures.

CO-4: Analyze the cycle of terror-violence in states.

CO-5: Assess methods of combating terrorism to include cooperation and organization of U.S. Agencies

Discussion Forums – 28 percent (28% for course readings discussions)

Discussion questions related to course readings will be provided and posts should reflect an 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 two or more classmates’s initial posts by Sunday 11:55 pm ET. Forum posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas. To demonstrate knowledge of the readings, students must use citations in parenthetical reference format and a reference list in the initial post and in the two additional required responses to classmates’ initial posts. A minimum of two to three sources in initial posts and one to two in subsequent required posts should be the goal.

Discussion questions related to student research papers will be required in various weeks throughout the course to facilitate discussion with classmates. Posts should incorporate substantive comments and feedback on classmates’ work. No source citations are required. Students should respond to at least two classmates initial posts.

Research Proposal (Question, Purpose Statement, and Citation Format) Exercise – 15 percent

The components of this assignment include a research question, a purpose and design statement, and a reference list. It must contain at least 8 sources, at least 6 of which must be peer-reviewed. The specific research question should relate to a topic covered in the course. Length: 8 pp.

Literature Review—17 percent

This document contains an annotated summary of the major sources that will be used in the research paper, all of which must be peer-reviewed articles or scholarly texts. Students will identify the source, offer a short synopsis of its main argument, and offer a statement of relevance to the research project. Length: 8 pp.

Final Paper—40 percent

This is the final paper assignment of the course. It must contain citations in formal style as well as a reference list. Length: 15 pp.

  • 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.