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Course Details

Course Code: SCMT319 Course ID: 2547 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course examines various elements and aspects of International and Domestic Terrorism. Students explore the cultural and ideological philosophies, as well as the social, economic, political, and religious conditions of select states, groups, and individuals that comprise the phenomena of terrorism. By examining the historical and contemporary aspects of terrorism students develop a working knowledge of the current Global War on Terror and are better prepared to comprehend terrorist motives and ideologies. Topics include: History and Development, Types of Terrorism, Conventional and Unconventional terrorist tactics, the Media’s impact on terrorism including the US Counterterrorism Policies. Particular attention is addressed to the Al-Qaeda terrorist network.

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

Current Syllabi

After completing this course, you will be able to:

CO-1: Explain terrorism, the history of terrorism, and the dilemmas in defining of terrorism.

CO-2: Describe international terrorism and the problems concerning international cooperation on counter-terrorism.

CO-3: Summarize homegrown terrorism and difficulties in deterrence of terrorists.

CO-4: Assess media coverage and challenges concerning media coverage of terrorist attacks.

CO-5: Analyze counter-terrorism and problems in defining counter-terrorism.

Forum Discussions

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 (Sunday at 11:55 pm ET for week 1 only) and respond to two (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.


The course includes a midterm assignment, progress assignment, and final assignment. See the Assignments tab for details.

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 %
Assigments 50.00 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Final Assignment 25.00 %
Progress Assignment 30.00 %
Progress Paper 30.00 %

The readings consist of selected readings and journal articles that can be found in the “Lessons” area of the classroom.

Book Title:Counter-Terrorism Puzzle- e-book available in the APUS Online Library. Please visit to locate the eReserve by course #.
Author:Ganor, Boaz
Unit Cost:$42.57

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.