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SCMT529 - International Terrorism

Course Details

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
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 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 two questions to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. You may use any of the texts, readings from this course and outside material that is academic in nature.

Final Assignment

This assignment requires you to select and examine TWO current terrorism related incidents and propose prudent security measures/anti-terrorism protocols/counter-terrorism actions to prevent similar incidents from reoccurring.

Research Paper

This assignment requires students to think critically, analyze and investigate an issue related to security or terrorism, and present an informed and well-researched paper. Students must select a topic that applies in general terms and principles to the stated course objectives. It is up to the student to select the topic. The professor does not provide the topic.

NameGrade %
Forums 20.00 %
Week 1 Forum 3.33 %
Week 2 Forum 3.33 %
Week 3 Forum 3.33 %
Week 5 Forum 3.33 %
Week 6 Forum 3.33 %
Week 7 Forum 3.33 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Final Assignment 25.00 %
Final Assignment 25.00 %
Research Paper 30.00 %
Research Paper - Due End of Week 8 30.00 %
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

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.