GGH310 Geography of Terrorism

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GGH 310 Geography of Terrorism


F2VV 2008 VN


Basham, Aaron


Adjunct Faculty


Bachelors in Applied Science from Arizona State University
Masters in Criminal Justice for American Military University
Masters Certificate in Middle Eastern Studies

Office Location

Vandenberg Campus

Office Hours

Tuesday's 5:30-10:30

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

Oct 20, 2008 - Dec 14, 2008

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 10:30 PM

Credit Hours



Terrorism Today: The Past, the Players the Future. 3rd Ed.
Simonsen, Clifford E., Spindlove, Jeremy R. 
ISBN: 0131961837

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Course Description:
GGH310 Geography of Terrorism: This is an in depth study of terrorist groups and members in order to understand their origins and goals. The course will discuss the structure of terrorism in America, Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin American, and the Middle East and the current approach to counterterrorism.

Educational Philosophy:
My philosophy of teaching is one of students interacting and understanding lectures, readings, quizzes, discussions, examinations, web sites and videos. I also encourage each student to strive to reach his/her highest potential by applying what they have learned and discussing issues with fellow students and the instructor openly. I also believe that constant feedback is a necessity which I will continue to administer throughout the course.   I will engage each learner, encouraging the lively exploration of ideas, and issues. But my success in doing so is largely dependent upon you and your willingness to engage in class discussion, to ask questions, to share your opinions and knowledge from other learning experiences. Therefore, you will be expected to come to class prepared to discuss, debate, reflect on, analyze, evaluate and question the readings and other class material every bit as much as I am.  Basically, I believe that you will get out of this class what you put into it.

Class Assessment:

Learning Activities:  Various unannounced activities done in-class, such as written responses to readings or class discussions, group activities, videos, etc.  NOTE: Can ONLY be made up if you have requested and been granted an excused absence.

Briefings: You will be asked to prepare a "briefing" on the geographical dimensions of selected terrorist groups (or another selected topic with the approval of the instructor), such as primary base of operations, target areas, underlying social, economic, and/or political situations contributing to the group's purpose, etc.  Ideally, the terrorist group you select for the briefing should be active within the country you have chosen for the Core Assessment, since this assignment is intended to help you prepare for that project.  The briefing should consist of 3-4 pages (750-1000 words) of written summary/analysis, plus at least one map (created by you) of one of the aspects of the group's geography and should last between 3-5 minutes.  Your written work should conclude with your own perspectives, opinions or predictions about the group--take a stand, make a call, issue a warning, get our attention!  Your briefing should be well-researched but succinct, and you must include a works cited list with proper citations of your sources at the end.
Exams: Midterm and Final exams will be given as scheduled below.  Each exam will consist of a combination of various types of questions, most often including multiple choice, matching, true/false, map, short answer, and essay.  Be advised that there is no make-up if you miss the Final exam session as indicated in the academic calendar for the semester.
Core Assessment: Case Study Research Paper - An 8-10 page (2000-2500 word) paper applying the Core Learning Outcomes of the course to the study of terrorism within a particular country.  You will be asked to select a country to use for your case study by the second week of class.  You will be required to make a 5-7 minute presentation as a part of the Core Assessment grade.  A detailed description of this assignment is provided in the "Attachments" section below. 


Learning Activities (approx. 4 @ 5% each)
Midterm and Final Exams (20% each)
Core Assessment: Case Study Research Paper
Final grades will be based on the following scale:
A = 100-90%
B = 89-80%
C = 79-70%
D = 69-60%
F = 59-0%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Credit for Learning Activities is awarded to those who are present for the class period it took place.  ONLY students who requested and were granted an excused absence by the next class period following the absence will be allowed to make-up a missed learning activity. 

Assignments submitted at any time after the class period on the announced due date will be subject to 10% penalty for each day they are late.  If you have requested and been granted an excused absence by the instructor for a class period during which an assignment is due, then you must submit the work by the alternate date arranged with the instructor.  Failure to do so may also result in a 10% deduction per day after the alternate due date.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

The following rules of conduct always apply:

1) Demonstrate respect for yourself, your classmates, and your instructor at all times--even if you do not agree with their ideas or opinions.

2) Contribute to an atmosphere conducive to learning by eliminating distractions, especially from electronic devices (laptops, cell phones, iPods, etc.--i.e., turn them OFF!) or off-topic conversations with others.

3) Attend class, participate in discussions and activities, and encourage others to do so as well.

4) Arrive on time for class and do not leave early unless you have notified the instructor; also, notify the instructor promptly if you intend to make a request for an excused absence.
5) Communicate early and often with the instructor about any questions, concerns, or problems related to the course.

6) Keep your sense of humor.

7) NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, plagiarize.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Formal assessments will take place on the following dates:
Nov. 4 - Briefing due
Nov. 11 - Midterm Exam
Nov. 25 - Core Assessment presentation due
Dec. 9 - Final Exam 

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
I will not tolerate plagiarism in any form. Please cite all work appropriately. If there are any questions at all on this subject, ASK me before you turn in work!

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 "F".
  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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
Please let me know if you need to be absent. Work will be allowed to be made up ONLY if there is a valid reason for the absence or if I am notified ahead of 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. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .

Core Assessment Paper Instructions


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