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HLSS154 - Mind of a Terrorist

Course Details

Course Code: HLSS154 Course ID: 3174 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course explores psychological and behavioral perspectives of terrorism. Specifically, the course examines the circumstances underlying why people radicalize and join terrorist groups, engage in terrorist activities, assume various terrorist roles, and, in some instances, de-radicalize and disengage from terrorist activities.





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
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to

CO-1: Describe the psychological and behavioral factors of terrorism.

CO-2: Categorize means of communication and influence they have upon advancing terrorist narratives.

CO-3: Summarize psychological and behavioral factors within al Qaeda leadership and affiliate groups.

CO-4: Compare and contrast radicalization models that explain terrorist motivations.

CO-5: Summarize behavioral and psychological factors associated with disengaging from terrorism.

Forum discussions – 20 percent

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 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 scholarly work. There are also requirements to respond to the instructor’s follow up questions and acknowledge the instructor’s wrap up forum post.

Midterm assignment - 25 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of 3 pages total, to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory.

Progress assignment - 25 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of 3 pages total, to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory.

Final assignment – 30 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of 5 pages total, to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory.

NameGrade %
Forums 25.00 %
Forum 1 3.13 %
Forum 2 3.13 %
Forum 3 3.13 %
Forum 4 3.13 %
Forum 5 3.13 %
Forum 6 3.13 %
Forum 7 3.13 %
Forum 8 3.13 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Progress Assignment 25.00 %
Progress Assignment 25.00 %
Final Assignment 25.00 %
Final Assignment 25.00 %

There is not an assigned text for this course. The weekly readings are located under the Lessons tab in the classroom.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.