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INTL652 - Terrorism: Assessing the Past to Forecast the Future

Course Details

Course Code: INTL652 Course ID: 3938 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course will expose the students to a variety of counter-terrorism intelligence methodologies and analytic tools, and extensive academic, government, policy literature on the challenges, opportunities, and assumptions related to forecasting terrorism. The course will provide students with the analytic capability to understand the types of terrorist threats that are most likely to confront the U.S. and its allies, in addition to challenging students to evaluate the efficacy and impact of prediction-based efforts in counter-terrorism intelligence.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/27/19 - 11/01/19 11/04/19 - 12/29/19 Fall 2019 Session I 8 Week session
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 8 Week session
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO-1: Examine the evolution and impacts of terrorism over the past two centuries.

CO-2: Analyze the likelihood of future terrorist attacks.

CO-3: Assess the current methodologies in counter-terrorism.

CO-4: Distinguish between the approaches of intelligence support to asymmetric counter-terrorist security efforts and traditional strategic intelligence efforts.

CO-5: Evaluate the limitations of predictive analysis within the terrorism context.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Discussion Forums – 30 percent

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.

Research Proposal – 20 percent

This assignment is a formal submission of a research question, hypothesis, review of literature, and a methodology in order to demonstrate an understanding of the research process. The research topic can be anything related to the scope of this course – terrorism, past and future.

Specialized Project (Analytical Framework) – 20 percent

This assignment is a 2-3 page discussion that provides a framework in which to evaluate a terrorist organization. The student will use texts from the course, and utilize information gained from research project.

Research Paper – 30 percent

This course has a requirement for a 15-20 page research paper. The topic will be related to the material presented in this course. The research proposal assignment must be on the same topic as the paper.

Required Course Textbooks

All of the readings for this course can be found within the resources tab in the classroom. There are not any textbooks for this course.

Required Readings

  • External websites and other assigned readings are found in the Lessons area of the classroom.
  • Weekly Lesson Notes, videos, and/or audio files can be found in the Lessons area of the classroom.
Book Title:There are no required books for this course.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.