Terrorism 101

taught by Jeff Fox, PhD

Course description

The purpose of this course is to provide a survey of the fundamentals of terrorism. We will examine the origins and history of terrorism. We will discuss the definition of terrorism along with typologies. We will discuss the possible causes of terrorism. As well as terrorist structure and tactics. We will illustrate the various major types of terrorists will look at the role media plays and examine counter terrorism strategies including issues of law.

Course Outcomes 

  • Define terrorism.
  • Analyze the origins and history of terrorism.
  • Examine the terrorist typologies.
  • Interpret the legal issues involving terrorism.
  • Describe the terrorist structures.
  • Examine causes of terrorism.
  • Describe terrorist tactics and asymmetric warfare.
  • Discuss if terrorism really works.
  • Analyze the nexus if any between terrorism and the media.
  • Discuss countering terrorism.
  • Examine the future of terrorism.
Jeff Fox, PhD
Jeff Fox, PhD

Dr. Jeff Fox served for twenty-seven years in the field of criminal justice, twenty-one of which were with the Virginia State Police. He began his law enforcement career as a military policeman in the Army and served as a town police officer, trooper, sergeant, first sergeant, and lieutenant. He served as a field lieutenant with the state police and served as the assistant training director. He also served as the statewide incident management program manager for the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Jeff earned a master’s degree in criminal justice administration and an MBA degree with specialization in criminal justice. He earned a PhD in business administration with specialization in homeland security. He is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute Administrative Officers Course and the Virginia Commonwealth Management Institute. Jeff completed the Virginia State Police Academy, a Regional Criminal Justice Academy, and Military Police School.

Jeff has been teaching at various colleges and universities since 2001. He retired as the program coordinator and assistant professor for the Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and Criminal Justice Cohort Programs for Virginia Commonwealth University. Jeff served as an assistant professor and chair of the Public Safety Adult Degree Completion Programs for a private college in Virginia. Jeff’s full-time job now is as public safety trainer/educator/consultant for his company called Fox - Public Safety Training, Educating, and Consulting.

Jeff spent 20 years instructing at various criminal justice academies in a variety of criminal justice, leadership, ethics, and instructor development courses. Jeff has taught hundreds of academically based criminal justice and homeland security/emergency preparedness classes. Jeff has spent over 22,000 hours instructing. He has received over 167 commendations during his career in public service. These commendations range from criminal and traffic enforcement, educational efforts, community service, crime prevention, and traffic safety to lifesaving attempts.

Course Curriculum

Module Four: Terrorism Typologies
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Module Five: Terrorists and Their Structures
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Module Six: Causes of Terrorism
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Module Seven: Terrorist Tactics and Asymmetric Warfare
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Module Eight: Countering Terrorism
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Module Nine: Terrorism Issues - Does It Work, The Media, and the Law?
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Module Ten: Course Recap and The Future of Terrorism
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