GGH310 Geography of Terrorism

for F2T 2011

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GGH 310 Geography of Terrorism


F2T 2011 DL


Basham, Aaron


Adjunct Faculty


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

Office Location



Semester Dates

October 17 - December 11, 2011

Class Days


Credit Hours



Terrorism Today: The Past, the Players the Future. 4th Ed.

Simonsen, Clifford E., Spindlove, Jeremy R. 

ISBN: 0135006376

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

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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. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
My philosophy of teaching is one of students interacting and understanding lectures, readings, quizzes, discussions, examinations and web sites. I also encourage each student to strive to reach his/her highest potential by applying what they have learned and discussing issues and experiences with fellow students and the instructor openly. 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 boards, to ask questions of the instructor and your peers and to share your opinions and knowledge from other learning experiences. Therefore, you will be expected 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.

  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:

Learning Activities: Each week you will have a discussion board question or two to answer based on that week’s readings. Once your response has been posted, you will be required to respond to two other students’ posts. Therefore, you will be required to post a minimum of three times a week. The initial response is due by Thursday of that week and the peer responses are due by Sunday. These boards may not seem to have that much weight, but they will add up and all together equal the final or midterm.

Writing Assignments: Twice during the term you will be asked to prepare a two page response to a question that is presented that week. This is NOT the discussion board question! It will be under the writing assignment tab for that week. The paper must be organized clearly and answer the question appropriately. All work must be in APA format. 

Quizzes: You will have two, one prior to the midterm and one prior to the final exam. Each exam will consist of a combination of various types of questions, most often including multiple choice, matching, true/false, map and short answer. These quizzes will be open book. They are designed to prepare you for the final exam.

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 and short answer. The midterm will also be open book but will be timed. The final exam will also be timed however, will not be open book. You will have to prepare and study for the final exam to be successful. 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 or terrorist organization, of your choosing, to use for your case study by the second week of class. A detailed description of this assignment is provided in the "Attachments" section below. 


Discussion Board Questions (approx. 10 @ 2% each)


2-page Writing Assignments (2 @ 5% each)


Open Book Quizzes (2 @ 5% each)


Open Book 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 adequately respond to that week’s discussion board question. ONLY students who requested and were granted an excused absence for that week 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) Participate in discussions and activities each week, and encourage others to do so as well.

3) Notify the instructor promptly if you intend to make a request for an excused absence.

4) Communicate early and often with the instructor about any questions, concerns, or problems related to the course.

5) Keep your sense of humor.

6) NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, plagiarize.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Formal assessments will take place during the following weeks:

Week 2:  Quiz #1

Week 3: Writing Assignment #1 Due

Week 4: Midterm Exam

Week 5: Writing Assignment #2 Due       

Week 6: Quiz #2

Week 7: Core Assessment Paper Due

Week 8: 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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93
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.
ONLINE NOTE: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a courserelated question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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