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HLSS322 - Homeland Security Legal and Ethical Issues

Course Details

Course Code: HLSS322 Course ID: 4869 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course provides an overview of legal and ethical issues in homeland security. Homeland security legislation and executive orders will be discussed, as will international law, conventions, and declarations. The central focus of the course is the balance of goals, strategies, and objectives for effective homeland security while preserving civil liberties. Issues surrounding intelligence and the use of surveillance, rights of U.S. citizens and foreign nationals, immigration, transportation security, and cyber security will all be examined.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session
05/27/19 - 11/01/19 11/04/19 - 12/29/19 Fall 2019 Session I 8 Week session
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 8 Week session
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO-1: Describe the major homeland security laws, policies, and executive orders.

CO-2: Recognize the constitutional articles and amendments that provide both the legal authority and limitations of the U.S. Government to protect the homeland.

CO-3: Evaluate the application of law and policy in homeland security.

CO-4: Examine the major international conventions and declarations governing individual and prisoner rights.

CO-5: Justify laws and procedures in times of emergency while remaining within parameters of due process.

Forum Discussions – 25 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

Prepare a 3 page critical analysis of the article. Using the APUS Online Library, select a peer reviewed article that is no more than 5 years old related to one of the following topic areas: National security law, Homeland security laws, policies, and executive orders, Constitutional impact, Civil liberties, Individual Rights, or Immigration and border security.

Progress Assignment - 25 percent

Complete a briefing paper of 3-5 pages (double-spaced— not including the title page, abstract, references or appendixes) you might submit to your superiors. The topic that should be addressed is located under the Assignments tab in the classroom.

Final Assignment – 25 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of 4 questions, which requires a 2-3 page response for each question, to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory.

NameGrade %
Discussion Forum 25.00 %
DF 1 3.13 %
DF 2 3.13 %
DF 3 3.13 %
DF 4 3.13 %
DF 5 3.13 %
DF 6 3.13 %
DF 7 3.13 %
DF 8 3.13 %
Final Assignment 25.00 %
Final Assignment 25.00 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Progress Assignment 25.00 %
Progress Assignment 25.00 %

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. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.