Reflect on a polemic about terrorism. Polemics present an aggressive refutation
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Reflect on a polemic about terrorism. Polemics present an aggressive refutation of the opinions of others and are one of the most common forms of writing you will encounter in the context of politically charged topics such as terrorism. Often, they use personal language and evocative examples to make their point. It is important to recognize them as such, reflect on their points, and being able to refute them in kind (using personal experiences and evocative examples).
Use this for the essay: –
“Defining Terrorism – Is One Man’s Terrorist Another Man’s Freedom Fighter?” by Boaz Ganor
-“Think Mass Shootings Are Terrorism? Careful What You Wish For.” by Brian Michael Jenkins and Richard Daddario
Argue against the main point of the polemic using your personal insights and use one recent terrorist attack/group/development as an illustrative example to back up your argument. Beyond that, only use the readings and material provided in this class to back up your argument. This is an exercise in critical thinking and effective use of the ideas introduced in this class, not a comprehensive review of the evidence or the existing literature. Therefore, do not use the work by others beyond what you were given in class.
For grading, I will be looking for the following things:
– Applies concepts introduced in this class correctly and effectively
– Reflects on personal insights (surprises, changed views, personal experiences) and uses them to bolster the argument.
– Illustrates the argument being made with a relevant and recent terrorism-related development
– Makes a structured and logical argument (needs to be clear to the reader), follows clear formatting and provides references at the end (class material and journal entries) – you do not need to follow a specific academic formatting but be consistent