Terrorism – GOVT 480

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A cross-disciplinary study of terrorism as a form of organized political violence; its intellectual, cultural, political, and religious roots; and its uses in ethnic, sectarian, and international conflicts.


GOVT 200


September 11, 2001, provides the rationale for a comprehensive course in terrorism, regardless of the student’s major, since the new realities affect every aspect of life in every country. This course is designed to give the student an overview of the intellectual, historical, and political aspects of modern terrorism.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Articulate the different views and definitions of terrorism.
  2. Evaluate the war on terrorism, the media’s involvement, and public policy surrounding terrorism.
  3. Analyze issues surrounding the subject of terrorism.
  4. Summarize the threat and effects of weapons of mass destruction, and the use of force multipliers by terrorist organizations.
  5. Discuss religious tension in the Middle East from a biblical worldview perspective.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (6)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will take part in 6 Discussion Board Forums. The student will create a thread responding to the assigned topic. Each thread must be at least 400 words. Each thread must be supported with at least 2 citations in current Turabian format. Additionally, for each Discussion Board Forum, the student will post 2 replies of at least 200 words to other classmates’ threads. Each reply must incorporate at least 1 citation. Acceptable sources include the textbook, the Bible, and electronic sources (excluding Wikipedia).

Research Paper

The student will choose a topic directly related to the study of terrorism and write a 6–8-page Research Paper on that topic. The paper must be written in current Turabian format and include a minimum of 5 scholarly sources. The paper will be submitted in 3 parts—the Bibliography, the Outline, and the Final Submission.


The Bibliography submission must include a minimum or 5 sources from online and printed materials that the student will use in his or her Research Paper. The Bibliography must be in current Turabian format.


The Outline must show the beginnings of a title page, a thesis, an abstract, initial research, discussions, a conclusion, and references in current Turabian format.

Final Submission

The Final Submission will include the complete 1500–2000-word Research Paper with several supporting details, well-constructed paragraphs, and a minimum of 5 sources that are accurately documented and in current Turabian format.


There are also eight (8) interactive mindtap quizzes. one quiz for each module to build your confidence and improve your mastery of this topic.

Essay Exams (2)

The student will complete a Midterm Essay Exam and a Final Essay Exam. Each exam contains 2 essay questions. Each question must be answered with at least 300 words. Both exams have time limits of 2 hours and are open-book/open-notes, but collaboration with another person is not permitted.