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PSYC360 - Psychology of Terrorism

Course Details

Course Code: PSYC360 Course ID: 3194 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is an introduction to historic and contemporary terrorist groups and their motives and strategies. The psychological and social impact on individuals, communities and global societies of the achievement of terrorist goals as well as recruitment methods, the influence terrorist groups exert on their members and factors influencing the establishment and dissolution of terrorist groups will be examined.





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

Upon completion of this course, the student will have:

1. Examined factors affecting a person’s choice of violence to support political ideals.

2. Delineated the differences between terrorism as a defense and terrorism as a violent choice.

3. Differentiated various ideologies surrounding terrorist groups.

4. Examined methods employed by terrorists to achieve their goals including recruiting and tactics.

5. Analyzed the effect that group mentality has on individual members

6. Examined psychological concepts applied in the field of counter-terrorism.

FORUMS: Discussion forums scheduled during all eight weeks of the course. Instructions are located on the classroom Forums link on the classroom left-screen menu.

Weekly Assignments: Assignments are required during weeks 2, 3, 6, and 7 of the course. Instructions are in the Assignments link on the classroom left-screen menu.

EXAMS: The course Midterm (Week 4) and Final (Week 8) Exams are accessed via the Tests & Quizzes link on the classroom left-screen menu.

NameGrade %
Forums 32.00 %
Week 1 Forum 4.00 %
Week 2 Forum 4.00 %
Week 3 Forum 4.00 %
Week 4 Forum 4.00 %
Week 5 Forum 4.00 %
Week 6 Forum 4.00 %
Week 7 Forum 4.00 %
Week 8 Forum 4.00 %
Assignments 40.00 %
Week 2 Review Paper Exploring Radical Ideology in America 10.00 %
Week 3 Developing a Theory of Terrorism 10.00 %
Week 6 Assignment: Recruiting a Terrorist 10.00 %
Week 7 Current Events in Counterterrorism 10.00 %
Exams 28.00 %
Final Essay Exam 14.00 %
Midterm_Essay Exam 14.00 %
Unassigned 0.00 %
RealizeIT 0.00 %
Final Essay Exam 0.00 %

Reich, W. (1998) Origins of terrorism: Psychologies, ideologies, theologies, states of mind. Washington DC: Woodrow Wilson Center Press

Jaber, H. (1999) Hezbollah: Born with a vengeance. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.

Toolis, K. (1997) Rebel hearts: Journeys within the IRA’s soul. St. Martin's Press.

Randal, J. (2011) Osama: The making of a terrorist. New York, NY, Knoph.

Book Title:The Moral Psychology of Terrorism: Implications for Security - e-book available in the APUS Online Library, link also provided in the classroom lessons section.
ISBN:9781443844703
Publication Info:Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Author:Lean, Nathan
Unit Cost:$88.41

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.