Course Details

Course Number: 3223  Fall 2010

Location: Martin Hall

Classroom Number: Internet Course

Days & Times:

Internet Course

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Nathan Moran   
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Course Objectives

Course Description


This course provides an overview of the field of terrorism.  Using a multi-dimensional approach that draws from international relations, law, and police strategies, the course emphasizes research and analysis.  Students also gain the ability to examine and scrutinize international strategies aimed at reducing terrorist incidents. 

Course Expectations
Course Requirements


Final Examination– One comprehensive examination will be given during the semester that will include information presented in the readings, class discussion, films, and information conveyed by guest speakers.  Make-up exams will not be offered. 


Class Discussion on WebCT– Every week throughout the semester discussions will be held via WebCt.  These discussions will revolve around the assigned readings.  Participation in the discussions is mandatory and calculated with your participation grade as class participation.  NOTE: All assignments are due by midnight Sunday of the assigned week.  


Research Paper– An original research paper between 12-15 pages is required for this course.  Your topic should be on a group or trend observed in the terrorism literature.  Consult with the professor for an appropriate topic.  5th Edition APA should be used as a citation model. 

Grading Standards

Grading Policy and Weighting System



            Comprehensive Final                         30%


            Research paper                                 30%


WebCT Participation/Discussions      40%


                                                            Total   100%

Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Other Policies

Disabled Student Policy


Students with a disability affecting their academic performance are expected to arrange for a conference with the instructor in order that appropriate strategies can be considered to ensure that participation and achievement opportunities are not impaired. 


Academic Dishonesty


Each student is expected to abide by the rules of academic honesty as defined in the student handbook.  Cases of academic dishonesty will result in a failing grade for the course and a letter to the Dean of the College of Health Sciences and Human Services requesting that you be withdrawn from the University.  If there are any questions as to whether an action is academically dishonest please consult with the professor. 

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.