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Course Details

Course Code: INTL434 Course ID: 3187 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course examines nation-states and the theories, characteristics, and impacts of threats to decision-making. Various historical and modern threats will be discussed throughout the course. An understanding of threats to the state and its vulnerabilities is developed through a discussion of the types of nation-states and non-state actors as well as terrorist, economic, military and emerging threats among others. This course will focus on these specific threats as well as the conditions that create them. This course provides the opportunity to examine these specific threats through analysis and research. This course is a prerequisite to any of the Intelligence Studies country analysis courses.

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
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

CO-1 Identify threats to states.

CO-2 Describe the difference between traditional and non-traditional threats to states

CO-3 Demonstrate the ability to identify how to counter threats to states

CO-4 Assess the ethical issues involved in countering non-traditional threats

CO-5 Analyze a non-traditional threat and ways to counter that threat

Discussions – 25 percent
Each week, a discussion question is provided and posts should reflect assimilation of the readings. Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET and respond to at least 3 classmates (more than 3 substantive replies are necessary for maximum credit) by Sunday 11:55 pm ET. Discussion posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas. See the rubric in the discussion section.

Assignment 1 - 30 percent
For this assignment, you will select a foreign nation-state and describe a threat to that nation as well as the nation’s perception and response to that threat. This will be 4-page double-spaced, not including front or back-matter. See the Assignments tab in the classroom for full details.

Assignment 2 – 45 percent
This assignment builds on your first paper. You will take your chosen case-study from Assignment 1 and provide your analytical opinion (thesis) and then detail the threat in a nine-section Threat Assessment format.

  • There is no required textbook.
  • Various resources from the APUS Library are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
  • External websites and other assigned reading found in the Lessons area of the classroom.
  • Weekly lectures 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.