LE300G Integrative & Interdisciplinary Learning Capstone:Terrorism & the Media

for S1DD 2013

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LE 300 Integrative & InterdisciplinaryLearning Capstone:Terrorism &the Media


S1DD 2013 DC


Aitken, Renee


PhD in Adult Education
MS in Telcommunication Engineering and Managment
MA in Orgranizational Communication

Office Location

DSCC before and after class

Office Hours

Before and after class and by phone

Daytime Phone





Semester Dates

Monday, January 14, 2013 to Sunday, March 10, 2013

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 11:00 PM

Credit Hours


Barnett, B. and Reynolds, A. (2009). Terrorism and the press: An uneasy relationship. New York: Peter Lang. ISBN: 0820495166.

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Additional Resources:
None - we will be using the library, current media, and the Internet to locate current articles of interest.

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Course Description:
LE300: Integrative and Interdisciplinary Learning Capstone: A seminar for the Liberal Education program, LE 300 requires students to integrate the Park University Literacies, synthesizing diverse perspectives to achieve interdisciplinary understanding and exploring the relationships among academic knowledge, professional pursuits, and the responsibilities of local and global citizenship. 

LE300G Integrative & Interdisciplinary Learning Capstone: Terrorism and the Media The study of the interrelationships between terrorism and the mass media. An examination of various ways media cover acts of terrorism and terrorists, and how terrorists and media coverage influence the public agenda.


Educational Philosophy:
I strongly believe in collaborative learning. My philosophy of teaching is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, discussions, examinations, peer editing, web sites and videos. I strongly encourage each student to strive to reach his/her highest potential by reading, questioning, reviewing and discussing.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze the disciplinary content in its own context and in relationship to the issues, questions, and positions of other disciplines.
  2. Compare and contrast differences and similarities among the disciplines in terms of central concerns, values, methodologies, and relationships to public life.
  3. Synthesize diverse perspectives to achieve an interdisciplinary understanding.
  4. Analyze the relationships among academic knowledge, professional work, and the responsibilities of local and global citizenship.
  5. Evaluate multiple perspectives, modes of inquiry and expression, and processes for decision-making in the disciplines.

Core Assessment:

Description of the Core Assessment Instrument This Core Assessment will be a paper that covers 100% of the Core Learning Outcomes. The Core Assessment in this course will be a major critical paper of no fewer than 5 pages, which will include research and appropriate documentation. The project will be completed in the final quarter of the term. The paper must address a significant contemporary issue of a global nature relevant to the course, the student’s major, and the Liberal Education program.  The paper should synthesize multiple disciplinary perspectives and propose critical and creative responses.  Individual instructors will specify assignment details.

This assessment is designed to assess primarily Core Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and will make up 20% of the course grade.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

 Journal, media assignments, discussions, midterm exam, participation.


Item Percent Points
Core Assessment (research paper - topic, bibilography, draft, and final paper due week 2, 5, 7, and 8 respectively) 25% 250
Analysis Journal (due weeks 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 at 40 pts each) 20% 200
Media/Current events (due weeks 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 at 40 pts each) 20% 200
Discussion (2, 4, 5, 6, 7 at 40 pts each) 20% 200
Midterm Exam (week 4) 15% 150

Late Submission of Course Materials:
 All assignments are expected on time. Extenuating circumstances may be considered, if the student contacts the instructor prior to the assignment due date. Written documentation may be required to justify the extenuating circumstance.

Some assignments will be submitted through the eCompanion website. Class handouts and assignments will be posted on the eCompanion website. Learners who miss a class must check the website in order to submit assignments and be prepared for the next class session.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

  • All students are expected to give advance notification of absence by e-mail or by telephone.
  • Class members will lose participation points for each absence.
  • Excessive or frequent tardiness will result in loss of attendance points.
  • If there is something that will regularly prevent your timely arrival to class, notify the instructor in advance.
  • Learners will participate as fully as possible in all physical activities and will advise the instructor of any reason they may be unable to participate fully.
  • Learners are expected to be supportive of one another. Audience response is crucial and your full attention should be directed to your peers who are presenting.
  • You are encouraged to take notes that pertain to the presentation.
  • All electronic devices (e.g. cell phones) must be silenced during class.
  • See the Park University catalog for further information regarding appropriate student conduct.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:








Course introduction & syllabus review.

What is terrorism?

Introduction to terrorism and the media (Barnett & Reynolds, 2009).
Barnett & Reynolds, Chapter 1.






The news media and terrorism


Barnett & Reynolds, Chapter 2.

Current event
60 pts


The news media and government  

Barnett & Reynolds, Chapter 3. 

Current event


60 pts


The Image  

Barnett & Reynolds, Chapter 4.


Current event




Television and terrorism  

Barnett & Reynolds, Chapter 5.


Current event




Media coverage of terrorism at home and abroad  

Barnett & Reynolds, Chapter 6.


Current event




The challenge of patriotism: When journalism is accused of terrorism

Barnett & Reynolds, Chapter 7.

Current event
Draft Paper



Lessons learned

Barnett & Reynolds, Chapter 8.

Research Paper


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 (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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 95

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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: http://www.park.edu/disability .


CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Core Learning Outcome #1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
(part of Core Assessment)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Demonstrates a detailed and sophisticated understanding of the disciplinary content in relationship to its contexts. Demonstrates an accurate understanding of the disciplinary content in its own context. Disciplinary knowledge represented is incomplete or contains errors and/or omission of contextual factors; or CA guidelines are not followed.  
Core Learning Outcome #2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
(part of Core Assessment)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Reflects more than a simple description of similarities and differences between disciplines to illustrate the interaction of the discipline's concerns, values, methodologies, and relationships to public life. Accurately identifies similarities and differences between the relevant disciplines' central concerns, values, methodologies, and relationships to public life. Fails to address either central concerns, values, methodologies, or relationships to public life for both disciplines; offers only a superficial discussion of all; addresses these issues for a single discipline; or addresses only similarities or differences; or CA guidelines are not followed.  
Core Learning Outcome #3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
(part of Core Assessment)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Moves beyond simple interdisciplinary perspectives to achieve a sophisticated synthesis of perspectives that offers unique insights to the problem/issue. Generates valid interdisciplinary perspectives relevant to the problem/issue. Illustrates a single disciplinary perspective or offers a simplistic view of the problem/issue; or CA guidelines are not followed.  
Core Learning Outcome #4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
(part of Core Assessment)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Applies a sophisticated and creative interdisciplinary understanding to various academic, professional, and civic concerns, uncovering the interconnectedness of those concerns. Applies an interdisciplinary understanding of academic professional and civic concerns. Fails to tie the interdisciplinary understanding to one or more of the following: academic, professional, or civic concerns; or CA guidelines are not followed.  
Core Learning Outcome #5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
(part of Core Assessment)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Goes beyond simple understanding to achieve a detailed, in-depth analysis and evaluation, highlighting strengths and weaknesses of the disciplinary modes. Evaluates various disciplinary modes of thinking in pursuit of holistic understanding. Exhibits only superficial evaluation or evaluates a single mode of disciplinary thinking; or CA guidelines are not followed.  
Overall project effectiveness                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Outcomes 6.1-6.5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Project goes beyond meeting expectations to represent a creative/innovative and persuasive perspective. Project meets audience and genre expectations for coherence, organization, and mechanics/documentation. Project fails to illustrate effective audience analysis or fails to meet genre expectations in one or more areas: coherence, organization, and mechanics/documentation; or CA guidelines are not followed.  
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcome: University Mission Statement                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Employs conventions of Standard Written English with grace and style in a well-organized, fully developed essay. Employs conventions of Standard Written English in a well-organized, adequately developed essay. Illogical statements, lack of development and organization, and persistent problems with use of Standard Written English interferes with reader's ability to understand the point of the paper.  


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