In this course we are studying in the lessons and discussion forums five different cases of homegrown violent extremists in North America from the 1990s to the Boston Bombings in 2013. We are also looking at both purely domestic extremists and those inspired by international causes. This progress paper allows you to develop your own HVE case study. For this assignment, you will select a homegrown violent extremists from North America that we have not discussed in class and write a research paper by developing your own case study that addresses the 4 below subject areas:
Assignment: Develop an HVE case study of a group or individual of sound mind* not covered by our lessons. Some examples may include: Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik in San Bernardino 2015, Muhammad Abdulazeez in Chattanooga 2015, Martin Couture-Rouleau or Michael Zehaf-Bibeau both in Canada 2014, Faisal Shahzad at Times Square in 2010, Carlos Bledsoe in Little Rock 2009, Eric Rudolph the right wing Atlanta Olympics bomber 1996, or even left wing extremists from the 1970s like The Weather Underground.
1) What was the individual or groups grievance or cause?
2) How was the individual or most group members recruited or draw to the cause?
3) What was the process of radicalization? Which model discussed in this course most closely followed your case?
4) What was the result of the extremism and how did the case end?
*Note: If you choose a person, make sure you do not select someone who has a significant psychological disorder. As discussed in first week, this course specifically excludes those who are not of sound mind, since their extremism is not really the major factor behind their violence. For example, many mass shootings were undertaken by individuals who professed to have a political cause but they turned out to be just exposing those beliefs without full comprehension or mental faculties. In other words, if the murderer was found unfit to stand trial (not mentally competent), then that is not an appropriate extremist for this paper. For these reasons do not select Robert Dear, Dylann Roof, Wade Michael Page and the like.
You do not need advance permission on your topic, and you may choose your own HVE case to develop. However, conduct some research first to make sure your selected individual is of sound mind, and after this research you are not sure then please check with the instructor first.
While you can choose any North American homegrown violent extremist of sound mind that you want for this case study, I would highly recommend you select one who survived their attack and the trial is complete. Since you have to focus on why they did what they did, this is often impossible to assess if they were killed in the act (unless a manifesto was left behind). Additionally, if a case has yet to be tried in court, the defense often works hard to counter arguments of extremism before court and true motives become difficult to discern. If you pick someone killed in the act of terrorism, like at San Bernardino or Chattanooga then it is much more difficult to answer the questions assigned for this paper. In fact, in some cases it is impossible to do so if they did not leave behind any clear clues.
The body of your report is to be three to five pages in length (points will be deducted if the minimum page requirement is not met) and is to contain the following:
Include a separate title page and a separate reference page.
A brief introduction, conveying what the paper is about
A main body, containing the “meat” of your, where you specifically address the assigned topics
A conclusion, summarizing the content of the report clearly and concisely
Typewritten in double-spaced, Times New Roman 12-point font with one inch margins all around. See the attached resources to the midterm assignment such as the APA sample paper, the APUS Writing Style Guide APA and the resource on “How to write an effective college level research paper for HLSS courses”.
Utilize resources provided to you throughout the course to support your work as your primary sources. However, you may supplement your work with scholarly research you conduct on these topics (see the attached guide on how to find scholarly works). Assignments will be automatically submitted for review through Turnitin and will be graded in accordance with the writing assignment grading rubric. Freely utilize appropriate sources, summarize in your own words and cite accordingly, but be mindful of excessive direct quotes.
Sources utilized are to be cited and listed in accordance with the APA writing style