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SCTY 488 : National Security Issues and Terrorism

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
National Security Issues and Terrorism
Although terrorism has been a known phenomenon for centuries, it has become the most frequent form of conflict in the late 20th century. Success in preventing nuclear warfare and in curbing the outbreak of most conventional war has resulted in more forms of low intensity violence, a significant feature of which is overt terrorism. Ideological hardening, ethnic militancy, and religious revivalism have fueled terrorist ambitions. Broadly speaking, there are three types of terrorism, classified on the basis of actors. The course will address all three types: domestic US, international or group directed, and state sponsored.

This course is required for students pursuing a minor in Security and Intelligence. The student will evaluate the cause, capabilities, limitations, implications, and future of terrorist threats, as well as anti- and counter-terrorist law enforcement/intelligence community responses. The course will encourage the student to examine how and why terrorism has re-emerged, what are its implications for political and military institutions, what capabilities and limitations bear on combating this threat, and what the future portends for national societies and global stability.

After completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Examine and describe the basic definitions of terrorism, including domestic terrorism, special interest terrorism, foreign and international terrorism.2. Interpret and analyze the criminological and “war on terrorism” aspects of terrorism and the positive and negative aspects of treating it as a criminal justice problem or a war on terrorism.3. Assess and critique group organizational structures of terrorism; to include the relationship between size and effectiveness, the management problems, financing and the concept of leaderless resistance.4. Analyze and critique the basic aspects of religion and terror as was exhibited between Ireland and the United Kingdom and with radical Islam and attacks on western society.5. Analyze and explain the origins of modern terrorism from the French and American revolutions to the Bolshevik Revolution in Russian in 1917.6. Differentiate and describe the development of religious and historical conflicts in the Middle East and the historical role of terrorism in the area.7. Analyze and describe the theories that were put into use by a Uruguayan terrorist group called the Tupamaros and how this Latin American influence has dominated the world terrorism for the past fifty years.8. Evaluate and describe Middle Eastern Terrorism and the directions of revolutionary Islam and the spread of terrorism.9. Categorize and describe terrorism from the left and the right wing perspective.10. Classify and analyze technological terrorism and weapons of mass destruction and appropriate counterterrorism responses to such attacks.11. Discuss and describe the issues surrounding terrorism and the impact of the media on the public.12. Demonstrate appropriate selection and application of a research method and statistical analysis (where required), specific to the course subject matter.

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Dr. Daniel J. Benny - 3/1/2015
Dr. Daniel J. Benny - 3/1/2015
Dr. Dennis Vincenzi - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kenneth Witcher - 3/1/2015
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