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Course Code: INTL508 Course ID: 4824 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course focuses on intelligence analysis including the analysis of international threats to security. The course will provide students with a foundation of human cognition in an effort to help understand why we think the way we do, how we come to formulate biases, and the many analytical, perceptional, and cognitive errors we frequently make in conducting analyses. Students will be provided with a foundation from which to understand and conduct critical analysis. This course affords an opportunity to look at a variety of case studies related to both US and foreign threat analysis and action, including the evolution of responses to threats, perspectives on threat action, principles of threat analysis and response, and assessments of successes and failures of such actions. Students will develop a comprehensive knowledge of intelligence analysis, how intelligence agencies assess and counter international threats in order to guard global security interests, and how various threats affect national security policy and decision-making. (Prerequisite: SSGS500)

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
08/31/20 - 01/29/21 02/01/21 - 03/28/21 Winter 2021 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/20 - 02/26/21 03/01/21 - 04/25/21 Winter 2021 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/20 - 04/02/21 04/05/21 - 05/30/21 Spring 2021 Session B 8 Week session
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, you will be able to:

CO-1: Appraise the basic analytic tools, concerns, critical thinking and problems involved when performing intelligence analysis at the national and international level both in and outside the United States.

CO-2: Examine the impact of cognitive functions on intelligence analysts and decision-makers.

CO-3: Examine historic and cultural differences encountered when comparing the intelligence analysis and policy practices of different countries including bureaucratic/organizational dynamics.

CO-4: Analyze complex intelligence analysis situations, apply analytic tools, and suggest possible problems and solutions using information gained from this course.

CO-5: Appraise future intelligence analysis challenges both in and out government impacting military, political and economic security.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Discussion Forums – 20 percent

Throughout all eight weeks, a discussion Forum 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 two for minimum credit, but ideally three or more classmates by Sunday 11:55 pm ET for maximum credit consideration. Forum posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.

Case Study Research Proposal– 20 percent

The components of this assignment support the case study submitted in Week 6. The student will identify a historic or modern threat to military, economic or political power which will be analyzed within a Case Study format. Develop a research question & hypothesis, a purpose statement, and identify a theoretical framework and research design used answer the research question. The proposal should be 4-5 pages in length. Due Sunday of week 2.

Case Study – 30 percent

Based on the approved research proposal in Week Two, conduct a case study that is 13-15 pages. The page length does not include the cover page, the reference list, and any appendices. Due Sunday of week 7.

Video Essay – 30 percent

For this assignment, students will watch a video and answer questions. You will be required to select two of three questions and write an essay, three pages (single-spaced) based on video observations. Due Sunday of week 8 but can be submitted early.

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.

Other 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. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author:No Author Specified
Book Title:Reducing Uncertainty: Intelligence Analysis and National Security - eBook available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Stanford University Press
Author:Thomas Fingar
Unit Cost:$23.35
Book Title:Blindside: How to Anticipate Forcing Events and Wild Cards in Global Politics - eBook available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Brookings Institution
Author:Fukuyama, Francis
Unit Cost:$26.11
Book Title:Intelligence Analysis: A Target-Centric Approach, 5th ed.
Publication Info:Sage
Author:Robert M. Clark
Unit Cost:$84.40
Electronic ISBN:9781506316802
Electronic Unit Cost:$66.00
Book Title:Analyzing Intelligence: National Security Practitioners' Perspectives, 2nd ed. - eBook available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Georgetown University Press
Author:George, Roger Z. and Bruce, J.
Unit Cost:$49.70

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.