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Course Details

Course Code: INTL616 Course ID: 3107 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course examines issues of ethics, morality, and legal principles in the context of Intelligence through an in-depth critical analysis of the primary ethical philosophies and legal doctrines as they apply to contemporary U.S. Intelligence. Students will research the moral, psychological, and legal issues pertaining to a variety of topics. The course concludes with an evaluation of an issue within the intelligence community related ethical-moral and legal choices.

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
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: Examine the foundations of ethics and how they relate to topics specific to the field of intelligence

CO-2: Assess the merits of ethical and moral philosophy for intelligence operations

CO-3: Analyze the ethical challenges faced by decision makers as they relate to issues within the field of intelligence.

CO-4: Apply legal and ethics concepts to the study of intelligence operations

CO-5: Synthesize the literature relevant to an ethical issue within intelligence.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Discussion Forums – 20 percent

Discussion questions will be provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings and respond to the assigned topic(s). Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET and respond to 2 at least classmates by Sunday 11:55 pm ET. Forum posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, depth, and the quality of original ideas.

Literature Reviews x 3 – 80 percent

One fundamental skillset at this level is being able to synthesize vast amounts of literature into a small space. In this course you will work on mastering this skill by completing three literature reviews specific to a topic covered within the course.

• External websites and other assigned reading found in the Lessons area of the classroom.

Required Readings

• 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.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.