· Using any combination of theoretical, social, cultural, or other propositions from the course materials, create your model/theory in such a way that it best represents your understanding of the motivations of terrorism.

Week 3 Assignment – Developing a Theory of Terrorism

Classroom Resources:

1. Moral Psychology of Terrorism (2013) Introduction

2. Horgan, J. G. (2017). Psychology of terrorism: Introduction to the special issue. American Psychologist, 72(3), 199-204. doi:10.1037/amp0000148

3. Reich, W. (1998) Origins of terrorism: Psychologies, ideologies, theologies, states of mind. Washington DC: Woodrow Wilson Center Press

4. Jaber, H. (1999) Hezbollah: Born with a vengeance. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.

5. Toolis, K. (1997) Rebel hearts: Journeys within the IRA’s soul. St. Martin’s Press.

6. Randal, J. (2011) Osama: The making of a terrorist. New York, NY, Knoph.

Instructions:

· Craft a five (5) to six (6) page paper developing a model or theory of terrorism.

· Using any combination of theoretical, social, cultural, or other propositions from the course materials, create your model/theory in such a way that it best represents your understanding of the motivations of terrorism.

· Ground the theory developed in psychological, social, political, religious, or other foundational basis.

· Identify the ways in which terrorist behavior is influenced by internal, environmental, and socio-cultural factors.

· In your model/theory, some areas you may want to discuss are the psychological motivations, perceptions of reward, social factors, influence of the group, religious motivations, political motivations, inspiring others, and other similar areas.

· Provide details and examples of existing models/theories and terrorism events within your work.

· Details and examples should substantiate your model/theory, providing support for the propositions made.

· Close with a brief discussion of the effectiveness of terrorism in meeting the goals of the organization or the individual actor.

· Include references to the available course materials, citing a minimum of two (2) course sources.

· Papers should be formatted according to 6th edition APA style.

· Include a separate title page.

· In-text citations.

· Reference page for all sources cited in-text.

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