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HLSS320 - Intelligence and Homeland Security

Course Details

Course Code: HLSS320 Course ID: 3202 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

The course examines the evolution of the role intelligence has played in the development of homeland security strategies. Particular focus is on the ways in which intelligence policy and oversight influence homeland security decisions.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/25/19 - 05/01/20 05/04/20 - 06/28/20 Spring 2020 Session I 8 Week session
12/30/19 - 05/29/20 06/01/20 - 07/26/20 Spring 2020 Session D 8 Week session
01/27/20 - 07/03/20 07/06/20 - 08/30/20 Summer 2020 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:
CO-1: Describe the historical development of U.S. intelligence and support to homeland security.

CO-2: Examine the roles and responsibilities of U.S. intelligence community members and support to the federal, state, and local levels.

CO-3: Examine human and technical intelligence collection programs.

CO-4: Describe effective intelligence analytical approaches for homeland security.

CO-5: Analyze a terrorist group that threatens the homeland and propose intelligence support to counter the threat.

Forum Discussions – 20 percent

Each week, a discussion question is provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings. Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET and respond to 2 or more classmates by Sunday 11:55 pm ET. Forum posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.

Midterm Assignment - 25 percent

See the Assignments tab for details

Progress Assignment - 25 percent

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Final Assignment – 30 percent

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NameGrade %
Discussion Forums 20.00 %
Week 1 Forum 2.50 %
Week 2 Forum 2.50 %
Week 3 Forum 2.50 %
Week 4 Forum 2.50 %
Week 5 Forum 2.50 %
Week 6 Forum 2.50 %
Week 7 Forum 2.50 %
Week 8 Forum 2.50 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Progress Assignments 25.00 %
Progress Assignment Collect and Analyze 25.00 %
Final Assignment 30.00 %
Final Assignment Domestic Intel to Stop the Attack 30.00 %

All required readings are located under the Lessons tab in the classroom.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.