GGH310 Geography of Terrorism

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GGH 310 Geography of Terrorism


SP 2010 HO


Fox, David P.


Assistant Professor of Geography


M.A. Geography - University of Missouri, Columbia
B.A. Geography - University of Missouri, Columbia

Office Location

Findlay-Wakefield Science Hall (SC), Room 004

Office Hours

-M-W-F- 9:00-11:00 a.m., --T-R-- 9:00-10:00 a.m., (also available by appointment)

Daytime Phone



Web Page

Semester Dates

Jan. 11 - May 7, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

2:25-3:40 p.m.



Credit Hours



   Terrorism Today: The Past, The Players, The Future, 4th Edition (2010)
      By Jeremy R. Spindlove and Clifford E. Simonsen.
      Prentice Hall/Pearson Publishing.
      ISBN: 0135006376

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

   U.S. National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (WITS), Reports on Incidents of Terrorism - available at

   U.S. Department of State, Country Reports on Terrorism - available at
    Also see the Webliography page in the course eCompanion website ( for any additional resources that may be posted throughout the semester. 

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Course Description:

   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. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

"Education must, then, be not only a transmission of culture but also a provider of alternative views of the world and a strengthener of the will to explore them." -- Jerome S. Bruner
"Education is the art of making [humans] ethical." -- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
   My educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on a variety of learning activities, including (but not limited to) readings, writings, dialogues, discussions, lectures, videos, internet activities, quizzes, and examinations.  My goal is to create a classroom environment that is positive, engaging, challenging, and even, at times, confusing (believe it or not).  My success in doing so, however, is largely dependent upon YOU.  Your willingness to engage with the class by reading, listening, asking questions, sharing your personal knowledge and opinions, and thinking critically about the course content is ultimately what will make this class a success.  You will be expected to come prepared to discuss, debate, reflect on, analyze, evaluate, and question the readings and other class material.  Put simply, I believe that you will get out of this class what YOU put into it.

   We will be exploring the issue of terrorism through the lens of geography.  In order to do so, it will be necessary to help you develop a much broader and deeper understanding of this often over-simplified discipline.  Contrary to common misperceptions, Geography as an academic pursuit is not about memorizing locations on a map or regurgitating endless lists of trivia about places.  While knowing such "facts" may be a part of geographic literacy, it is NOT the ultimate goal of the discipline--far from it!  Thus, we will examine many of the core concepts of this highly interdisciplinary field of study and its numerous contributions and applications to helping us explain, understand, cope with, and hopefully solve many of our world's most pressing issues.  

   Finally, you should also be aware that this course is designated as a Multicultural Liberal Learnings (MLL) course.  Please read the following webpage to better understand and appreciate the nature of MLL courses at Park:  This course has been designed to help you develop knowledge and skills needed to achieve the university's General Education literacies.  Furthermore, as required by the LL program, this course requires completion of at least one major paper and includes multicultural or global dimensions.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Name and identify on maps the location of current “hotspots” of terrorist activity.
  2. Identify and describe the basic characteristics of regions with common occurrences of terrorism or terrorist activity.
  3. Analyze the root causes of terrorism using a geographic perspective.
  4. Evaluate terrorism and its impact on the global community.
Class Assessment:

   Assignments:  8-12 assignments announced IN-CLASS, such as written responses to readings, class discussions, group activities, videos, internet websites, brief presentations, etc.
  Some of these assignments will be due during the class period in which they are given, while others will have a deadline of up to one week.  Those that are due on the same day they are given may ONLY be made up if you have requested and been granted an excused absence.  If you miss a class period, it is your responsibility to find out if an assignment was given that has an upcoming due date.  NOTE: Some of these assignments may require students to complete/submit work in the course eCompanion website (
   Quizzes:  Four quizzes usually consisting of 10-20 multiple choice, matching, true/false, or map questions with an enforced time limit of 20-30 minutes depending on the total number of questions given.

   Exams (Midterm & Final):  Two exams usually consisting of 5-10 short answer and 3-5 essay questions with an enforced time limit of the total length of the class period during which the exam is given.

   Core Assessment (Case Study Research Paper):  One 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.  A detailed description of this assignment will be available in the Doc Sharing page of the course eCompanion website:


   Composition of final course grades:
      25% - Assignments (8-12 @ 2-3% each)
      20% - Quizzes (4 @ 5% each)
      35% - Exams (1 @ 15% and 1 @ 20%)
      20% - Core Assessment/Research Paper (1 @ 20% each)

   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:

   Assignments that are given and due during the same class period may ONLY be made up if you have submitted documentation from an appropriate official that specifcally states an appropriate reason (as deemed so by the instructor) for an excused absence on the date(s) of the class period(s) that corresponds with the absence(s).  Any assignments submitted after the announced due date will be subject to a 10% deduction for each day they are late.  This means that you have 10 days after the assignment is due before you will no longer be able to earn any credit for it.  If you have provided official documentation 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 will also result in a 10% deduction per day after the alternate due date.

   If you miss a quiz or exam for ANY reason, you MUST contact the instructor before the next class meeting to have the possibility of being granted a make-up.  Only ONE make-up quiz or exam will be allowed for any unexcused absences.   A make-up for the Final Exam will only be allowed for an excused absence.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

   NEVER, NEVER, NEVER plagiarize or otherwise violate the university's Academic Honesty policy.
   Attend class and participate in meaningful ways.
   Arrive on time and do not leave early unless absolutely necessary.  When possible, notify the instructor in advance if you will have to arrive late or leave early.
   Always treat your fellow students and the instructor with respect--even if you do not agree with their ideas or opinions.
   Contribute to an atmosphere conducive to learning by eliminating distractions, such as leaving for restroom breaks, having side conversations, or inappropriately using electronic devices like cell phones and personal computers.  Cell phones should be set to a silent mode or turned off and emergency calls should only be answered outside of the classroom.  Computers should ONLY be used for typing notes or performing assigned internet searches.
   Communicate early and often with the instructor about any questions, concerns, or problems related to the course--this includes notifying the instructor as soon as possible if you intend to make a request for an excused absence.  Remember, I can't help you if I don't know there's a problem!
   Take responsibility for your learning--this includes obtaining any material or assignments missed during an absence (whether it was excused or not) from a fellow student.
   Cell phones and other electronic devices must be turned OFF and put away during quizzes or exams.  Using these items in any way (and for any reason!) during a quiz/exam will result in a ZERO for the assessment.
   Use of the course's eCompanion website ( may be required for some assignments.  You will be expected to notify the instructor in advance of the due date if you have any questions or concerns about how to access or use this website.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week Dates Reading/Topics Assessments*
1 Jan. 12 & 14 Ch. 1 - In Search of a Definition for Terrorism
2 Jan. 19 & 21 Ch. 2 - A Brief History of Terrorism Quiz #1
3 Jan. 26 & 28 Ch. 3 - The United States of America
4 Feb. 2 & 4 Ch. 4 - Canada and the Caribbean
5 Feb. 9 & 11 Ch. 5 - Great Britain and Northern Ireland Quiz #2
6 Feb. 16 & 18 Ch. 6 - Western Europe
7 Feb. 23 & 25 Ch. 7 - Eastern Europe and the Balkans
8 Mar. 2 & 4 Review Midterm Exam
9 Mar. 9 & 11 NO CLASSES - SPRING BREAK!  
10 Mar. 16 & 18 Ch. 8 - North Africa and the Middle East
11 Mar. 23 & 25 Ch. 9 - The Persian Gulf Quiz #3
12 Mar. 30 & Apr. 1 Ch. 10 - Northeast, Central, and Southern Africa
13 Apr. 6 & 8 Ch. 11 - Southern and Southeast Asia Quiz #4
14 Apr. 13 & 15 Ch. 12 - The Pacific Rim
15 Apr. 20 & 22 Ch. 13 - Latin America and South America Core Assessment due
16 Apr. 27 & 29 Ch. 14 - Countering Terrorism & Ch. 15 - The Future…
17 May 6 Final Exam Period: 1:00-3:00 p.m. Final Exam
*Unless otherwise announced in class, all assessment will be due/take place on the Thursday of the week indicated.

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92


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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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 Case Study Paper Instructions


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