Global Terrorism

Course Syllabus
Course Description
Presents the evolution of new laws that create a cooperative environment coordinating training and action measures
between local, state, and federal agencies in an effort to singularly respond to and prevent terrorist threats and incidents.
Course Textbook(s)
White, J. R. (2017). Terrorism and homeland security (9th ed.) [VitalSource Bookshelf version].
https://online.vitalsource.com/#/books/9781305886940
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. Analyze the impact of international terrorism.
2. Explain in detail the events leading up to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
3. Summarize the history of terrorism.
4. Appraise the effect of the Soviet Union’s downfall on world terrorism.
5. Analyze global threats posed by terrorism.
6. Evaluate current strategies for the United States’ efforts to cope with terrorism.
7. Recommend strategies for the United States to mitigate the impact of terrorism.
8. Assess the future threats relating to global terrorist activity.
Prerequisite(s)
MCJ 5135 – Theory of Crime and Criminology or equivalent
Credits
Upon completion of this course, the students will earn 3.00 hours of college credit.
CSU Online Library
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Account. The online library includes databases, journals, e-books, and research guides. These resources are always
accessible and can be reached through the library webpage. The CSU Online Library can be accessed from the “My
Library” button on the course menu in Blackboard.
The CSU Online Library offers several reference services. E-mail (library@columbiasouthern.edu) and telephone
(1.877.268.8046) assistance is available Monday-Thursday from 8 am to 5 pm and Friday from 8 am to 3 pm. The library’s
chat reference service, Ask a Librarian, is available 24/7; look for the chat box on the online library page.
Librarians can help you develop your research plan or assist you in finding relevant, appropriate, and timely information.
Reference requests can include customized keyword search strategies, database help, and other services.
LibGuides
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Think of a LibGuide (a Library Guide) as a mini-website to help you with your assignments. It has relevant information such
as databases, e-books, and websites specific to your courses. If you have any questions, please reach out to your friendly
library staff.
Click here for the LibGuide for this course.
Unit Assignments
Unit I Journal
Where were you on September 11, 2001? Do you remember what you were doing on that day and at that time? If you were
too young to remember, how do you feel when you watch the news footage from 2001 of the terrorist attacks in New York
City; Washington, DC; and Pennsylvania?
Your journal entry must be at least 200 words. No references or citations are necessary.
Unit I Essay
In this assignment, you will write an essay on the historical, ever-changing definitions and trends of both domestic and
global terrorism among public agencies, private entities, and global organizations. Further, evaluate the impact of these
changes on domestic and global terrorism.
Use the CSU Online Library to locate a scholarly article to answer the questions below.
1. How has the definition of domestic and global terrorism changed from inception to today among various agencies?
2. How has the definition of domestic and global terrorism changed among public and private organizations and
government agencies?
3. Why do so many variations of the definition of domestic and global terrorism exist?
4. Is a universal definition of terrorism possible? Why, or why not? What are the pros and cons of establishing a
universal definition for the world?
5. Why did the definition of domestic and global terrorism change among all these agencies after the events of 9/11?
Your completed essay should be a minimum of two pages in length, not counting the title and reference pages. All sources
used, including the textbook, must be cited and referenced according to APA guidelines.
Click here to access a resource that assist with locating scholarly articles.
Unit II Journal
Consider the events of the Oklahoma City bombing. This was one of the largest terrorist attacks to occur on U.S. soil prior
to the 9/11 attacks. Do you believe that the events could have been prevented? If so, how? If not, why? If you were working
for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, how would you have responded to the threat?
Your journal entry must be at least 200 words. No references or citations are necessary.
Unit II Project
In this assignment, you will use Microsoft Word or PowerPoint to create a detailed diagram and timeline of eight domestic
and international terrorist events that have occurred. Four events must have occurred before 9/11, and four events must be
from after 9/11.
Further, you will be required to submit a paragraph that provides a brief synopsis of each terrorist event. Therefore, at least
eight paragraphs should be present in your submission. Your synopsis of each event must include the following information.
1. Who was the terrorist or terrorist organization?
2. What was the terrorist’s or terrorist organization’s motive(s)?
3. Where did the terrorist events take place? Why did the terrorist or terrorist organization launch this attack?
4. When did the attack occur?
5. How did the terrorist or terrorist organization complete this attack? What tactics were used?
The length of the timeline will depend on how you organize the points. There is no specific length requirement as long as the
criteria is met. You are required to use at least your textbook as an outside source. All sources used, including the textbook,
must be cited and referenced according to APA guidelines.
Unit II Research Paper Topic
In Unit VII, you will be writing a research paper on a domestic terrorist incident that has occurred in the United States. The
final course project will require you to write on the recruitment and radicalization process of lone wolf terrorists in the
domestic United States and abroad using the Internet and social media platforms. Why do terrorists focus on soft targets?
This research paper will also analyze the sociological and psychological impacts that these attacks have had on society.
You will be required to submit three to five recent examples from the past decade in your final submission. For your
conclusion, you will offer strategies that can be used to further strengthen the Internet and social media platforms from
being used to recruit members, promote propaganda, and radicalize terrorists. MCJ 6453, Global Terrorism 2
Please complete Parts I and II below, which will serve as the first steps toward meeting the requirements for the Unit VII
Research Paper.
Part I: Research Paper Topic
Conduct research to identify a domestic terrorist incident that has occurred in the United States. This research can be
accomplished through an Internet search and through the CSU Online Library. The CSU Online Library has several
databases, including the International Security & Counter Terrorism Reference Center database. The CSU Online Library
can be accessed via the myCSU Student Portal.
Part II: Research Topic Justification
Identify your topic of choice, and discuss your rationale for choosing the topic. Why is the topic important to the field of
homeland security? Does it meet the criteria listed above? This topic must be approved by your professor. To support the
topic of choice as well as why the topic is important to the field of homeland security, students must utilize outside sources.
Consequently, at least two outside sources must be utilized with references and citations included in APA format. The
sources must be scholarly and peer-reviewed from the CSU Online Library; Google Scholar; or from local, state, or federal
government websites. This assignment should be at least one page in length, not including the reference page.
Looking Ahead
Once the topic has been approved, you will complete an annotated bibliography in Unit V. The annotated bibliography for the
final course project is due in Unit IV. As an overview, students will be required to locate 7–10 scholarly peer-reviewed
references from the CSU Online Library; Google Scholar; or from local, state, or federal government websites. You will also
be required to submit 100-word annotations for each reference. It is recommended to begin locating reference material as
soon as possible.
Parts I and II should be completed in a one-page document. If you have any questions, please contact your instructor.
Unit III Journal
Terrorists are now using social media and broadcasting platforms such as YouTube to promote propaganda and to recruit
new members globally. If you received a communication (e.g., instant message, e-mail, social media posting, propaganda
video, recruitment material) on your social media account or broadcasting platform from a domestic or global terrorist
organization, what would you do? Would you just delete the message or react? How would you react? How would you report
the incident? What can occur if you do not report the incident?
Your journal entry must be at least 200 words. No references or citations are necessary.
Unit III Essay
In this assignment, you will write an essay that examines the rise of one of the Jihadist networks to include: ISIS, Boko
Haram, and Al Qaeda. You will research that group’s background, recruitment tactics, and targets. Additionally, you will
reflect on one recent attack from the past 5 years from your selected group.
Answer the following questions in your essay.
What is a Jihadist network?
Where does your selected group primarily operate? (Cite specific geographic locations such as country, region, and/or
province.)
What are the psychological and primary motivators for your selected group?
What are the psychological and primary motivators for your selected group, and what sociological impacts exist?
What are the organization’s targets? How are they chosen?
What has the United Nations (UN) done to counter the terrorist organization? Are these efforts effective?
Your completed essay should be a minimum of two pages in length, not counting the title and reference pages. You are
required to use at least one outside source. All sources used, including the textbook, must be cited and referenced
according to APA guidelines.
Unit IVJournal
Russia has publicly acknowledged that the rise of ISIS and similar terrorist organizations is on the rise globally. However,
the U.S. president and the Russian president have different methodologies on countering terrorism. If you were president,
how would you recommend the United States improve its relationship with Russia?
Your journal entry must be at least 200 words. No references or citations are necessary.
Unit IVPowerPoint Presentation
In this assignment, you will use Microsoft PowerPoint to create a detailed presentation with a minimum of 10 slides on the
impact that the Soviet Union had on global terrorism until its fall in 1991. Include the war between the Soviet Union and
Afghanistan within your presentation.
Secondly, you will also be required to discuss the change in global terrorism in modern-day Russia from 1991 to today.
Include the current terrorist groups that target Russia as well as what led to their creation.
Please be sure to add notes and commentary on each slide of your presentation. Your submission should also include
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photographs, graphs, charts, data analytics, and examples of terrorist attacks within the borders of Russia.
You are required to use at least your textbook and two outside scholarly or government sources. All sources used, including
the textbook, must be cited and referenced according to APA guidelines.
Unit VJournal
Afghanistan is known to be one of the largest opium producers in the world. The United States has been fighting the war on
drugs for decades. Do you think it is possible for us to stop opium production on the other side of the world? What do you
think it would take to tackle such a monumental problem?
Your journal entry must be at least 200 words. No references or citations are necessary.
Unit VAnnotated Bibliography
In Unit II, you created a research paper outline on the recruitment and radicalization process of lone wolf terrorists in the
domestic United States and abroad. You had your specific terrorist incident and topic approved by your instructor. Later, in
Unit VII, you will be asked to submit your final research paper. For this assignment, you will write an annotated bibliography
to further prepare you for your research paper.
Identify six scholarly sources from the CSU Online Library and other reliable sources that support your research paper topic
and paper. Include a summary (150–200 words) for each reference that will cover the material related to the research paper
criteria. As you locate your sources, consider how you will use them in your research paper.
The annotated bibliography identifies the reference, description, and how it pertains to the research paper. Also, in your
annotated bibliography, you should provide a brief description that explains why you believe the selected incident will serve
as a good basis for evaluating the recruitment and radicalization process for terrorists as it relates to domestic and
international terrorism. Use APA style to format the references.
Click here to access the CSU Writing Center’s tutorial on creating an annotated bibliography.
The annotated bibliography should be a minimum of two pages in length.
Unit VI Journal
International laws are created to maintain and promote peace and security throughout the globe. These laws permit nations
to trade, barter, communicate, and exist in peaceful ways with minimal conflict. How do you think international laws resolve
conflicts for nations that have access to weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) with chemical, biological, radiological,
nuclear, and explosive capabilities?
Your journal entry must be at least 200 words. No references or citations are necessary.
Unit VI Essay
You will be required to write a two-page paper on the international legislation and laws that are in place to prevent global
terrorism. You will be required to choose two international laws and offer recommendations that can be put into place to
further progress the success of each piece of legislation.
The questions below must be answered as well.
1. How do these international laws protect the United States and U.S. allies?
2. Were these laws designed as a form of antiterrorism tactics or counterterrorism tactics? Explain your answer.
3. How do these international laws prevent, deter, and mitigate terrorism?
4. What additional international laws should be implemented to prevent terrorism globally?
5. What is the role of the United Nations (UN) when enforcing international laws?
6. What limitations exist for the UN? How can these limitations be addressed? Why is it important to address each of
these limitations?
Your completed essay should be a minimum of two pages in length, not counting the title and reference pages. You are
required to use a minimum of two outside sources. All sources used, including the textbook, must be cited and referenced
according to APA guidelines.
Unit VII Journal
Consider that you work for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and are assigned to one of the programs
shown in the graphic below.
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What would you suggest this program do to reduce the likelihood of terrorism in the future? Why do you make that
recommendation?
Your journal entry must be at least 200 words. No references or citations are necessary.
Reference
U.S. Department of Homeland Security. (2015). Operational and support components. Retrieved from
https://www.dhs.gov/operational-and-support-components
Unit VII Course Project
Global Terrorism Research Paper
Within several units of this course, you have prepared for your course project, which is due in this unit. For your course
project, you will be writing a research paper on a domestic terrorist incident that has occurred in the United States.
Utilizing the topic you selected in Unit II and the Unit V Annotated Bibliography, write your final research paper.
Discuss the recruitment and radicalization process of lone wolf terrorists in the domestic United States and abroad using
the Internet and social media platforms.
Explain why terrorists focus on soft targets.
Analyze the sociological and psychological impacts that these attacks have had on society.
Include three to five recent topics of domestic or global lone wolf terrorist attacks that have occurred. Provide a full
synopsis on these incidents to include the sequence of events and the resiliency and reactionary methods used to
respond to the incidents. What lessons were learned after each of these events?
Offer strategies that can be used to further strengthen the Internet and social media platforms from being used to recruit
members, promote propaganda, and radicalize terrorists.
Your final research paper must be a minimum of four pages in length, not counting the title and reference pages. You are
required to use a minimum of three outside sources, one of which must be from the CSU Online Library. All sources used,
including the textbook, must be cited and referenced according to APA standards.
Unit VIII Journal
Identify a skill that you have learned in this course, and explain how you can apply it to increase success in your career in a
real-world scenario.
Your journal entry must be at least 200 words. No references or citations are necessary.
Unit VIII Reflection Paper
After 9/11, one of the counterterrorism tactics used by the U.S. military and our allies was to target the leaders of terrorist
organizations such as Osama bin Laden through the use of drone attacks and other strategic methods of infiltration. For
example, Seal Team 6 with the U.S. Navy carried out a counterterrorism raid to detain and take Osama bin Laden into
custody. The raid ended with Osama bin Laden being killed. This method of counterterrorism tactics is known as targeted
killing.
After 8 weeks in this course, do you believe that targeted killings are an effective and efficient method of countering
domestic and global terrorist groups? Why, or why not? If so, how? If not, why? How does this tactic compare and contrast
to other counterterrorism tactics? How does this counterterrorism tactic address future threats of global terrorism? Reflect
on your course readings, the unit lessons, assignments, and your research throughout this course. Defend your position.
Your reflection paper must be a minimum of two pages in length, not counting the title and reference pages. You must use
at least one outside source to defend your position. All sources used, including the textbook, must be cited and referenced
according to APA standards. MCJ 6453, Global Terrorism 5
APA Guidelines
The application of the APA writing style shall be practical, functional, and appropriate to each academic level, with the
primary purpose being the documentation (citation) of sources. CSU requires that students use APA style for certain papers
and projects. Students should always carefully read and follow assignment directions and review the associated grading
rubric when available. Students can find The CSU Citation Guide by clicking here. This document includes examples and
sample papers and provides information on how to contact the CSU Writing Center.
Grading Rubrics
This course utilizes analytic grading rubrics as tools for your professor in assigning grades for all learning activities. Each
rubric serves as a guide that communicates the expectations of the learning activity and describes the criteria for each level
of achievement. In addition, a rubric is a reference tool that lists evaluation criteria and can help you organize your efforts to
meet the requirements of that learning activity. It is imperative for you to familiarize yourself with these rubrics because
these are the primary tools your professor uses for assessing learning activities.
Rubric categories include (1) Journal, (2) Assessment (Written Response), and (3) Assignment. However, it is possible that
not all of the listed rubric types will be used in a single course (e.g., some courses may not have Assessments).
The Journal rubric can be found within Unit I’s Journal submission instructions.
The Assessment (Written Response) rubric can be found embedded in a link within the directions for each Unit
Assessment. However, these rubrics will only be used when written-response questions appear within the Assessment.
Each Assignment type (e.g., article critique, case study, research paper) will have its own rubric. The Assignment rubrics
are built into Blackboard, allowing students to review them prior to beginning the Assignment and again once the
Assignment has been scored. This rubric can be accessed via the Assignment link located within the unit where it is to be
submitted. Students may also access the rubric through the course menu by selecting “Tools” and then “My Grades.”
Again, it is vitallyimportant for you to become familiar with these rubrics because their application to your
Journals, Assessments, and Assignments is the method bywhich your instructor assigns all grades.
Communication Forums
Overview
These are non-graded discussion forums that allow you to communicate with your professor and other students.
Participation in these discussion forums is encouraged, but not required. You can access these forums with the buttons in
the Course Menu. Instructions for subscribing/unsubscribing to these forums are provided below.
Once you have completed Unit VIII, you MUST unsubscribe fromthe forum; otherwise, you will continue to
receive e-mail updates fromthe forum. You will not be able to unsubscribe after your course end date.
Click here for instructions on how to subscribe/unsubscribe and post to the Communication Forums.
Ask the Professor
This communication forum provides you with an opportunity to ask your professor general or course content questions.
Questions may focus on Blackboard locations of online course components, textbook or course content elaboration,
additional guidance on assessment requirements, or general advice from other students.
Questions that are specific in nature, such as inquiries regarding assessment/assignment grades or personal
accommodation requests, are NOT to be posted on this forum. If you have questions, comments, or concerns of a nonpublic nature, please feel free to email your professor. Responses to your post will be addressed or emailed by the
professor within 48 hours.
Before posting, please ensure that you have read all relevant course documentation, including the syllabus,
assessment/assignment instructions, faculty feedback, and other important information.
Student Break Room
This communication forum allows for casual conversation with your classmates. Communication on this forum should
always maintain a standard of appropriateness and respect for your fellow classmates. This forum should NOT be used to
share assessment answers.
Schedule/Grading
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The following pages contain a printable Course Schedule to assist you through this course. By following this schedule, you
will be assured that you will complete the course within the time allotted.
Unit I The Ever-Changing Trendsof Domestic and International Terrorism Today [ Weight: 10%]
Read/View: Unit I Study Guide
Chapter 1: The Shifting Definition of Terrorism
Chapter 12: Domestic Terrorism
Submit: Unit I Journal
Unit I Essay
2%
8%
Unit II Examining Terrorism Pre-9/11 [ Weight: 16%]
Read/View: Unit II Study Guide
Chapter 13: An Introduction to Homeland Security
Chapter 14: Organizing Homeland Security
Submit: Unit II Journal
Unit II Project
Unit II Research Paper Topic
2%
10%
4%
Unit III Global Terrorism Threats: Recruitment and Radicalization Today [ Weight: 12%]
Read/View: Unit III Study Guide
Chapter 2: Practical Criminology, Radicalization, and Types of Terrorism
Chapter 5: Force Multipliers, Gender Roles, and Tactics
Chapter 11: Jihadist Networks
Submit: Unit III Journal
Unit III Essay
2%
10%
Unit IV The Soviet Union (1991) and Russia’s Impact on Global Terrorism Today [ Weight: 12%]
Read/View: Unit IV Study Guide
Chapter 8: Background to the Middle East
Submit: Unit IV Journal
Unit IV PowerPoint Presentation
2%
10%
Unit V Part I: Current Domestic Antiterrorism and Counterterrorism Strategies [ Weight: 12%]
Read/View: Unit V Study Guide
Chapter 3: Terrorist Financing and Money Laundering
Chapter 4: Terrorism and the Media
Submit: Unit V Journal
Unit V Annotated Bibliography
2%
10%
Unit VI Part II: Current International Antiterrorism and Counterterrorism Strategies [ Weight: 12%]
Read/View: Unit VI Study Guide
Chapter 15: Homeland Security and Constitutional Issues
Submit: Unit VI Journal
Unit VI Essay
2%
10%
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Unit VII Global Terrorist Group and Typesof Global Terrorism [ Weight: 16%]
Read/View: Unit VII Study Guide
Chapter 6: Long-Term Separatist Terrorism
Submit: Unit VII Journal
Unit VII Course Project
2%
14%
Unit VIII The Future of Global Terrorism [ Weight: 10%]
Read/View: Unit VIII Study Guide
Chapter 16: Law Enforcement, Homeland Security, and the Future
Submit: Unit VIII Journal
Unit VIII Reflection Paper
2%
8%
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