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PO 350 Special Topics in Politics
Hill, Leonard James


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.
CoursePO 350 Special Topics in Politics- Terrorism
SemesterU1J2005
FacultyHill, Leonard
TitleAdjunct Instructor
Degrees/Certificates2003 Park University- Master of Public Administration Gov/Business
1999 Park University- Criminal Justice
Office Location10525 NW Ambassador Drive, Suite 206, Kansas City, Missouri.
Office Hours8 A.M thru 4:30 P.M.
Daytime PhoneProvided first night of class.
E-Mailleonard.hill@park.edu
hill2506@comcast.net
Semester DatesJune 6, 2005 Thru July 31, 2005
Class Days----R--
Class Time5:30 - 9:50 PM
PerquisitesNone
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
1) Terrorism Today, Second Editon, by Simonsen and Spindlove

2) Fighting Terrorism By Benjamin Netanyahu

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore


Course Description:
This introductory, special topics course is designed to examine the topic of terrorism.  Issues will be examined from a multi-cultural perspective reviewing such issues as the history of terrorism, its global impact, terrorist groups both domestic and international. In addition, the ever-evolving concept of counter-terrorism and how countries around the world are responding.

Educational Philosophy:
We will learn through discussion and dialogue. It is critical that all assigned material be read so that students can actively participate in discussions. Questions will be posed to require students to think about issues.

Learning Outcomes:
After completion of this course you should have a greater understanding of the following:
 1.  The origins and types of terrorism.
 2.  The different types of terrorist groups both  
     domestic and international.
 3.  The challegens facing public leadership and the
     authors of public policy.
 4.  The effectiveness of counter-terrorism tactics.
 5.  The manner in which terrorism impacts different
     cultures and reaches not just in America but around
     the world.

Course Assessment:
See below for details of mid-term, homework, presentation, and attendance. Handouts will be provided first night of class outlining mid-term, homework, presentations.

Grading:
30 Points Mid-Term
40 Points Homework
40 Points Presentation (20 verbal/20 written)
8 Points Attendance
118 Total

Grading Criteria - Points from all assignments are totaled and a letter grade is assigned based upon the following scale: A = 90-100%; B = 80-89%; C = 70-79%; D = 60-69%; F = < 60%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submission of course material will decrease available value of points by ten each week late. Exp: Failure to turn in Mid-term by one week: 40pts-10pts= 30pts total available to student.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Your behavior reflects upon yourself and Park, as such your behavior must be in compliance with Park's policies.

Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive. Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.

Honest disagreement and differences of opinion on issues are critical to the American system. All inividuals are expected to treat each other with respect and encourage classmates to articulate their views.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
See below for details. Additional handout will be provided the first night of class.

 Class ActivitiesAssignmentsTests
Week 1
June 09
Introduction
Video
Readings:
Spindlove Chap 1,2
Netanyahu Chap 1
Homework Assignment #1 Dist
Assigment Team Briefing Assignment
Week 2
June 16
Guest Speaker/Topic
Intelligence Gathering Dept of Justice
Readings:
Spindlove Chap 3,4
Netanyahu Chap 2
Homework
Assignment #1 Due
Assignment #2 Dist
Week 3
June 23
Guest Speaker/Topic
Weapons of Mass Destruction
Team Briefings
Readings:
Spindlove Chap 5,6
Netanyahu Chap 3
Homework
Assignment #2 Due
Assignment #3 Dist
Week 4
June 30
Guest Speaker/Topic
FAA Pre 9/11
Team Briefings
Readings:
Spindlove Chap 7,8
Netanyahu Chap 4
Assignment #3 Due
Mid-Term Dist
Week 5
July 7
Guest Speaker/Topic
TSA Post 9/11
Team Briefings
Readings:
Spindlove Chap 9,10
Netanyahu Chap 5
Mid-Term Due
Assignment #4 Dist
Week 6
July 14
Guest Speaker/Topic
Atlanta Bombing
Readings:
Spinlove Chap 11,12
Netanyahu Chap 6
Assignment #4 Due
Week 7
July 21
Team PresentationsReadings:
Spinlove Chap 13,14
Netanyahu Chap 7
Assignment Analyis Paper
Week 8
July 28
Team Presentations
Analysis Paper DueAnalysis Paper Turn in.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.  
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101
Academic honesty is the prerequisite for academic study.  Academic dishonesty is inimical to the spirit of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers, and other course assignments.  Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given a fialing grade or expelled from Park.

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. <a href="http://www.park.edu/catalog">
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog</a> Page 101
Any student having any uncertainity about proper documentation of sources should consult their course faculty member.

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100
As this is an abbreviated course schedule it is very important to attend each and every class on time.

Disability Guidelines:

Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page:
http://www.park.edu/disability
 
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