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Course Code: SCMT529 Course ID: 3229 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course examines the global terrorism phenomenon and the social, economic, political, and religious conditions of select states, groups, and individuals that influence the terrorist mindset. Students examine the definitions, origins and development of terror as a means of influencing public policy decisions and in fostering transitions in public power to promote group goals. Specific historical instances of the use of terror are evaluated, assessed, and analyzed. Examples of groups such as the Al-Qaeda terrorist network are assessed including focused discussions on current events. Topics include: geography and geopolitics of terrorism, origins and history of terrorism, characteristics and goals of terrorism, role of politics and religion in terrorism, media impact on terrorism recruiting, and Al-Qaeda in Iraq organization.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

CO-1: Appraise the competing definitions of terrorism; critique the manifold elements that comprise terrorism; construct a personal definition of terrorism.

CO-2: Evaluate and assess the origins of heretical Islamic fundamentalism and the Jihad movement; debate its metamorphosis into violent worldwide religiously based terrorism.

CO-3: Critique, compare, and contrast security and counter-terrorism related practices in terms of future security challenges beyond Iraq and Afghanistan.

CO-4: Critique and contrast the varying characteristics and scholarly opinions of the Al Qaeda network.

CO-5: Propose proper security measures and protocols to prevent terrorism related incidents.

Discussion Forums

Discussion questions 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 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

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of three questions to test knowledge and assimilation of the first two course objectives. You may use any of the texts, readings from this course and outside material that is scholarly in nature.

Progress Assignment

This assignment requires students think critically, analyze and present findings in a research paper that evaluates the al Qaeda terrorist network and critiques counter-terrorism practices targeted against them.

Final Assignment

This assignment requires you to present your views in a research paper as to the optimal approaches to prevent terrorist attacks, proposing both overseas offensive actions to prevent or preempt terrorist attacks, and well as domestic (homeland) security measures and protocols to effectively counter terrorist attacks.

NameGrade %
Forums 20.00 %
Forum 1 2.50 %
Forum 2 2.50 %
Forum 3 2.50 %
Forum 4 2.50 %
Forum 5 2.50 %
Forum 6 2.50 %
Forum 7 2.50 %
Forum 8 2.50 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Progress Assignment 30.00 %
Progress Assignment 30.00 %
Final Assignment 25.00 %
Final Assignment 25.00 %
Book Title: Inside Terrorism, 2nd ed. (E-book available in the APUS Online Library)
Author: Hoffman, Bruce
Publication Info: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231126991

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: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.