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NSEC614 - Political Psychology of Terror Groups

Course Details

Course Code: NSEC614 Course ID: 4197 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course focuses on analyzing terror groups from a political psychological perspective. In particular, the course approaches terror groups from two different political psychological perspectives, individual and group processes. Together these two perspectives provide a solid foundation from which to understand terror groups.

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

Current Syllabi

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

CO-1: Analyze political psychological concepts and their relationship to individual and groups.

CO-2: Appraise political psychological concepts as they relate to individual level case studies.

CO-3: Assess political psychological concepts as they relate to group level case studies.

CO-4: Create a profile using course concepts.

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.

Specialized Project – 35 percent

This paper will demonstrate your ability to synthesize discipline specific material. 12-15 pages.

Final Assignment – 35 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of 4 questions, 2 pages each, to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory.

Required Course Textbooks

Al-Zayyat, Montasser. The Road to Al-Qaeda: The Story of Bin Laden’s Right Hand Man. (London: Pluto Press), 2004.

Cottam, Martha, Dietz-Uhler, Beth, Mastors, Elena and Preston, Tom. Introduction to Political Psychology 3rd ed. (New York: Routledge Press), 2016.

Lister, David and Jordan, Hugh, Mad Dog: The Rise and Fall of Johnny Adair and ‘C Company (Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing), 2007.

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.