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Course Details

Course Code: INTL200 Course ID: 4809 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course provides an introduction to intelligence studies and focuses on the five principle categories in the study of strategic intelligence. In this course students will focus on the role, purpose, and history of strategic intelligence analysis. They will gain a better understanding for the use of intelligence to carry-out foreign policy objectives. Students will be engaged on topics looking at the nature and evolution of congressional oversight. In addition to this, we will look at the role of strategic intelligence collection when it comes to supporting strategic decision making, as well as the role that counterintelligence plays at the highest levels of government.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

CO-1: Deconstruct the flow of intelligence to support strategic decision making at the White House, Congress, and the executive departments and agencies.

CO-2: Assess the challenges and role facing strategic intelligence analysis and strategic counterintelligence.

CO-3: Critique the elements, methods, processes, and capabilities of strategic covert action.

CO-4: Analyze the role of Congressional oversight as part of the milieu that is strategic intelligence.

CO-5: Differentiate the fundamental capabilities and limitations of strategic intelligence collection.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Discussion Forums – 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.

Three Progress Assignments – 75 percent

There are three progress assignments on course concepts during the course. Specific instructions are found in Assignments tab of the classroom. But keep them professional- proper formatting, double spacing, written in Word doc, etc.

The following book is recommended:

Turabian, Kate L. 2014. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. 8th ed. The University of Chicago Press.

Required Readings

  • Peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, external websites and other assigned readings are found in the Lessons area of the classroom.

Weekly Lesson Notes and videos or audio files are found in the Lessons area of the classroom.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.