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INTL305 - Law and Ethics in Intelligence

Course Details

Course Code: INTL305 Course ID: 3190 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course examines the legal foundations and oversight mechanisms for the US intelligence community. It also explores the major ethical problems confronting the intelligence profession. Students will investigate the difficult legal and ethical issues in the intelligence community.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
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: Examine the current permissions and restrictions on the US national intelligence community activities as prescribed by federal law, executive and agency directives, and the intelligence oversight system.

CO-2: Explain the key aspects of post 9/11 intelligence reform, including the USA Patriot Act and the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act.

CO-3: Analyze the ethical challenges faced by intelligence professionals in conducting intelligence operations.

CO-4: Differentiate facts, assumptions, and personal beliefs in a professional setting as they relate to duties and responsibilities in the intelligence profession.

CO-5: Distinguish between legal and ethical considerations in making intelligence operational decisions.

Forum discussions – You must submit one initial post by Thursday and two follow-up posts to classmates by Sunday. Specific questions can be found under the Forums tab in the classroom.

Assignments – Specific instructions found in Assignments tab of the classroom.

  • Course readings consist of selected ebook chapters and journal articles found in the Lessons area of the classroom. See the References List below for the readings for the course.
  • External websites and other assigned reading found in the Lessons area of the classroom.
  • Weekly lessons 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.