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HLSS522 - Weapons of Mass Destruction and the New Terrorism

Course Details

Course Code: HLSS522 Course ID: 3234 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course explores the threat of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) as a unique phenomenon within the homeland security landscape. Specifically, this course provides students with a historical perspective on the development and use of WMD from both an international and a domestic perspective. The course also explores the efforts to prevent, prepare, and respond to the use of WMDs.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

CO-1: Evaluate evidence that shows WMDs are used by terrorists.

CO-2: Analyze the effect of CBRN weapon use on targeted populations.

CO-3: Examine the potential effects of agroterrorism, as a sub-set of biological terrorism.

CO-4: Prepare a threat assessment for a CBRN event.

CO-5: Generate new ideas for WMD planning.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Discussion Forums – 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.

Research Question, Purpose Statement, and Literature Review Exercise – 15 percent

The components of this assignment include a research question, a purpose statement, and a literature review of at least 6 sources, two of which must be peer-reviewed. The specific research question should relate to a general topic in the course. 6-8 pages.

Research Paper – 35 percent

Adding to the 6-8 page assignment in Week Two, the research paper should be at least 10 additional pages of analysis of your topic, not including the cover page, the reference list, and any appendices.

Final Assignment – 30 percent

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

NameGrade %
Forums 20.00 %
Week One Forum 2.50 %
Week Two Forum 2.50 %
Week Three Forum 2.50 %
Week Four Forum 2.50 %
Week Five Forum 2.50 %
Week Six Forum 2.50 %
Week Seven Forum 2.50 %
Week Eight Forum 2.50 %
Research Question Assignment-- 15.00 %
Research Question Assignment 15.00 %
Research Paper 35.00 %
Research Paper 35.00 %
Final Assignment 30.00 %
Final Assignment 30.00 %

All required readings are located in the Weekly Lessons area of the classroom.

Book Title:There are no required books for this course.
ISBN:NTR
Author:NOTE

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.