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PSC 309: Terrorism and Developing Countries, Syllabus

Revised slightly 19 Aug. 2017, with reworded HC Disability statement, by Prof. Jeremy Lewis.


Catalog Description: Types of regime, politics and conflict in developing global regions.  The breeding grounds, motivation and methods of international terrorist groups, and the means of counter terrorism. Causes and consequences of the 11 Sep. 2001 attacks upon the United States.
Current academic requirements are detailed on the Requirements page; requirements for the course adapted to course-by-conference are the same, except that any class session that is missed, shall be replaced with an essay of one typed page, single-spaced  on the session's reading or topic -- or, at the discretion of the instructor, by a tutorial session.  The weekly timetable of readings will be compressed (perhaps to five weeks) for a summer course, and a subset of readings may be selected.  Honors students: additional readings, presentations, discussion, test questions and a brief paper may be required: see Requirements page.
About the Books and Materials
For latest information, see the Booklist page. Note: Resources in blue are shared with other political science courses. Description
The style of the course will be both lecture and seminar-based. Sometimes part of a session will be used for a film; frequently you will be expected to contribute presentations, questions and discussion. You may present from outline notes, but not by reading out of the book: that is unparliamentary. We shall explore the events of 9/11 through the official report; then consider the responses tried by the US both in homeland security and in a global war on terrorism.  We shall evaluate these responses in the light of historical and current experiences abroad, and philosophical arguments about the nature of terrorism.
The format will be a participatory seminar, with students expected to make frequent presentations of substantial readings.  Students should expect to actively compare and analyze the materials, and to conduct original research.
Since materials for this course introduce both multiple less-developed countries and the complex issues of terrorism, you must expect to read voraciously and actively explore many new concepts.
We shall occasionally analyze excerpts of video documentaries or recent news coverage where available. Current affairs, such as an international crisis, will be discussed even where this postpones part of the syllabus.
You are expected to comply with the HC Honor Code [read College's statement, August 2009, of procedure for violations] and with specific rules of decorum placed on our Requirements page.  You are also expected to comply with Huntingdon College's Code of Classroom Conduct, August 2009.
HC's attendance policy
Students are expected to attend all classes.
My Specific Attendance Policy [read full details on Required page, as HC's policy has changed]
While school sanctioned excuses will not count against you, absences reduce your potential contribution to class, and absences in excess of four contact hours will reduce your class participation score.
HC's Policy on completion of absence related work
A specific policy for completion of absence related work is up to the individual instructor.  The instructor must state the policy in the course syllabus.  The specific policy must not penalize a student for participation in a documented College sanctioned event or for a documented medical, personal or family emergency.  [Also requires prior notification via a new online form, and verification by a coach, or similar]
My specific policy on late completion of in-class work
Late completion of tests or other graded exercises in class will only be permitted in cases with documented, prior notification and documented excuses from a coach, medical doctor or similar authority.

Support Services for Students with Disabilities
"Faculty at Huntingdon College make every effort to accommodate unique and special needs of students with respect to speech, hearing, vision, seating, or other possible adaptions. Please notify the Disability Services Intake Coordinator, via email at disabilityservices@hawks.huntingdon.edu or at (334) 833.4465, as soon as possible of requested accommodations."
Staton Center for Learning Enrichment
"The Center for Writing and Critical Thinking, located in Jackson 112, provides support at all levels to students working to improve proficiency at skills associated with college-level reading, writing, and critical thinking. The Center offers an active interface among student, instructor, assignment, and tutor. Free one-on-one tutoring is available to all Huntingdon students, either by appointment or on a walk-in basis, Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Contact Ms. Jamie Brazell, Assistant Director, at (334) 833-4454 or by email at jamie.brazell@hawks.huntingdon.edu to schedule an appointment or for more information."
Medical Considerations
"If you have a medical condition that may preclude participation in this course or any aspect of this course, the College suggests you consult your physician. The College will work with you based upon physician recommendations to find the best means to address any concerns."
Title IX Statement
"Huntingdon faculty are committed to supporting students and upholding the College's non-discrimination policy. Under Title IX, discrimination based upon sex and gender is prohibited. If you experience an incident of sex- or gender-based discrimination, we encourage you to report it. While you may talk to a faculty member, understand that as a "Responsible Employee" of the College the faculty member MUST report to the college's Title IX Coordinator what you share. If you would like to speak with someone who may be able to afford you privacy or confidentiality, there are people who can meet with you. Faculty can help direct you or you may refer to Huntingdon's Sexual Misconduct Policy at http://www.huntingdon.edu/student-life/student-service/misconduct. You do not have to go through the experience alone."
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