the selection of a terrorist group and report its origins and evolution

As stated in the syllabus, students are expected to complete an original term paper requiring the selection of a terrorist group and report its origins and evolution; the structure and operation of the organization; its primary target(s); and its impact on society. The following rubric will be used to grade this assignment.


Introduction (10%): Your introduction should be a “mini-outline” for your paper that tells the reader what it is about. This should include an introduction to the topic and what you will be covering.

Background (10%): This section should address the origins/evolution of the terrorist organization you selected for this assignment, as well as its primary target(s) and its impact on society.

Body (60%): This is where you will thoroughly assess your selected topic. You are required to incorporate at least six scholarly articles in your assessment. Scholarly articles are generally based on academic research, are peer-reviewed, and appear in academic journals or books that are published by academic presses. You may also use textbooks and/or scholarly books. Although the use of some websites may be used at the instructor’s discretion, students should make every effort to incorporate scholarly research in this assignment. Although not required, students may include a Literature Review. The literature review should be organized by topic, not by article (i.e., you are NOT writing an annotated bibliography).

Summary OR Conclusion, as applicable (10%): This section should summarize what you have written in your paper. Specifically, your conclusion should a) restate your main idea(s); b) summarize the subpoints of your paper; and c) leave the reader with an interesting final impression.

Formatting/Structure (5%): Your paper is expected to have an appropriate flow with natural transitions and continuity. You are to include a title page that has an appropriate title and your identification information. Also, you are to include an APA style reference list at the conclusion of your paper. If you are unsure of how to do that, please consult me.

Grammar/Spelling (5%): The content of an assignment is important; however, the content is irrelevant if it is not able to be understood by the audience. Care should be taken to properly articulate your content with appropriate grammar and spelling.


  • One-inch margins
  • Double-spacing
  • Times New Roman font, 12 pt
  • Bibliography in APA format with in-text references (i.e., no endnotes or footnotes)
  • The length of the assignment should not be less than 8 pages of content and not more than 12 pages of content.


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