This course will evaluate the main aspects of the war on terror. The course will focus on dilemmas relating to intelligence gathering, offensive and defensive actions taken against terrorist organizations, civil liberties and media coverage, and the strategies and approaches for combating terrorism.
The terrorist threat posed by Islamic extremist groups is the greatest threat to the Western World of the modern era—greater even than that of the Soviet Union during the Cold War. This course will build on the foundational understandings of terrorism with specific focus on the weapons, tactics, strategies, and approaches necessary to counter or combat terrorism. The desire is to produce graduates, who will become future decision makers, with the tools necessary to make rational and effective decisions for both preventing and countering terrorism.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Explain the history of terrorism and terrorist groups, as well as the development of terrorist ideologies.
- Analyze counter-terrorist case studies, their histories, successes, and failures.
- Create cogent, practical proposals for future counter-terrorist operations.
- Evaluate ideas and theories surrounding counter-terrorism.
- Apply appropriate counter-terrorism strategies based on reasoned arguments.
- Compare biblical Scriptures and perspectives with real world situations.
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will take part in 8 Discussions throughout this course. The student will post a thread of 500 words minimum presenting his/her own opinion on the assigned topic. Additionally, the student will post replies of at least 200 words to 2 other students’ threads.
Research Paper Assignment
The student will choose a topic directly related to the study of intelligence analysis and write a 10-12-page research paper on that topic, making use of at least 6 different sources. The paper must be written in current APA format and adhere to the standards of academic writing.
The student will complete a Midterm Quiz and a Final Quiz during the course. Both quizzes are open-book/open-notes, but are not to be collaborated on with any other person. The student will have 2 hours to complete 4 essay questions per quiz.