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Course Details

Course Code: INTL443 Course ID: 3663 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course introduces students to several foreign intelligence organizations that continue to play a significant role in U.S. strategic intelligence, foreign policy, and national security strategy planning. Each country’s organizational structure, their collection methods, operational strengths and weaknesses will be assessed with the objective of evaluating their overall relative effectiveness.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
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

Current Syllabi

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

CO-1 Analyze the ability of the intelligence organizations to conduct operations within each of the intelligence disciplines and cyberspace.
CO-2 Compare and contrast the capabilities of foreign intelligence organizations to determine which country poses the greatest threat to U.S. national security.
CO-3 Develop a plan for a foreign intelligence organization to collect intelligence against a US or allied nation.
CO-4 Examine the impact of foreign intelligence collection operations against the US.
CO-5 Describe the difference between foreign allied intelligence organizations and those of our adversaries.

Discussions – Students will participate in eight discussions. One initial post by Thursday; two or more follow-up posts to classmates by Sunday. Specific questions found in Discussions tab of the classroom.

Midterm assignment – Students will be required to prepare a four-page essay. Specific instructions to include format can be found in the "Assignments” section of the course.

Final assignment – Students will be required to prepare a six to eight-page essay. Specific instructions to include format and length can be found in the "Assignments” section of the course.

  1. Wise, David, Tiger Trap: America’s Secret Spy War with China. (New York Houghton, Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 2011). Available on-line in the APUS Library via the E-Reader (instructions below).
  2. All readings found in the APUS library have been consolidated into an “E-Reserve” list located in the “Security and Global Studies” portal, INTL443 Course Guide. Instructions for accessing the E-Reserve list are listed below and are also located in the corresponding “Lessons” folder.

  1. After entering the classroom, select “Library” in the left hand menu within Sakai. You will be redirected to the APUS library.
  2. Select “Program/School Portals”
  3. Select “Security and Global Studies”
  4. Select “INTL443 Foreign Intelligence Organizations | Course Guide” from the dropdown menu (it may take a minute to load)
  5. Select “E-Reserves tab” from the upper left corner of the menu
  6. Select “Continue”
  7. Select the required reading

Please visit and search by the course number (ex: LITR210) to access your required resources.

Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit to locate the eReserve by course #.
Author: No Author Specified
Book Title:Israeli Secret Services and the Struggle Against Terrorism-E-book available in the APUS Online Library
Author:Pedahzur, Ami
Unit Cost:$33.46
Book Title:Global National Security and Intelligence Agencies Handbook - available in the classroom and online library; hard copy not available from the APUS Bookstore, please try other sources.
Unit Cost:$149.95

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.