ADJ 234 Syllabus


Division:  Arts and Sciences                                                                                                                       Date:  February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught:  Administration of Justice


Course Number and Title:     ADJ 234, Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism


Credit Hours:  3               Hours/Wk Lecture:  3             Hours/Wk Lab:                   Lec/Lab:

I.              Catalog Description:  Surveys the historical and current practices of terrorism that are national, transnational, or domestic in origin.  Includes biological, chemical, nuclear, and cyber-terrorism.  Teaches the identification and classification of terrorist organizations, violent political groups and issue-oriented militant movements.  Examines investigative methods and procedures utilized in counter terrorist efforts domestically and internationally.  Prerequisite:  ADJ 100. Lecture:  3 hours per week.


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught:

ADJ 234 is a first or second semester course and is a required course for those pursuing the protective services (private security) specialization within DCC’s Administration of Justice program.  ADJ 234 does not require any special experience.


III.           Required Background

ENG 111 eligibility; ADJ 100 and SOC 236


Course Content:

A.               Mutating Forms of Terrorism

B.               Individual and Group Behavior

C.               Changing Group Structures and the Metamorphosis of Terrorism

D.               Religion and Terror

E.               The Origins of Modern Terrorism

F.                The Origins of the Irish Troubles

G.               The Origins of Middle Eastern Terrorism

H.               Latin American Influences on Terrorism

I.                  International Terrorism and the Question of Palestine

J.                Religion and Middle Eastern Terrorism

K.               International Terrorism:  The Rise and Fall of the Left and Right

L.                Nationalistic and Ethnic Terrorism

M.               Terrorism in the United States

N.               Violent Extremism in the United States

O.               Technological Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction

P.               Terrorism and the Media

Q.               Policy, Liberty, Security, and the Future

R.               Responding to the Tragedy of September 11


V.   Learner Outcomes


Students will

VI.   Evaluation


A.    understand terrorist events and the consequences of terrorist activities of and for nation-states

B.    understand definitions of terrorism and will apply definitions of terrorism to modern-day terrorist events

C.    analyze basic organizational structures of terrorist groups, and survey Irish, Middle East, Latin America and United States-based terrorist activities

D.    understand technological terrorism as well as weapons of mass destruction

E.    be aware of key informational sources of knowledge about terrorism

F.     apply knowledge of terrorism to solutions of the global terrorism problem

G.    understand the role of counter-terrorism to the overall problem of national and international/global terrorism

H.    identify terrorism as a strategy or tactic and a philosophy that the means justifies the end

I.       design and present to the class: “The Perfect Terrorist Act”

Students will be evaluated by quizzes, examinations and papers on special projects as determined by faculty.


All students must complete systematic writing assignments beyond examinations as defined by faculty.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.


VII.       This course supports the following objectives:

            DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding