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Course Details

Course Code: MILS514 Course ID: 3829 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course addresses the application of strategy and process of the making of strategy, both of which deal with the preparation and use of military power to serve the ends of politics. The treatment is chronological, as determined by the various case studies, and two themes run throughout: the relationship of strategy and the strategic level of war to other levels of war, especially policy and the political level of war; and the difficulty inherent in the process of the making of strategy. Note: Not available for students who have previously taken MILS520.

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
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 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: Analyze perspectives on strategic thought.

CO-2: Assess the process of making strategy at the national and alliance level.

CO-3: Examine the historical and current use of strategy.

CO-4: Evaluate patterns, inconsistencies and recurring themes related to the making of strategy.

CO-5 Generate new ideas related to strategy and its formulation.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Discussions – 20 percent

Each week, a discussion question is provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings. Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:59 pm ET and respond to 2 or more classmates by Sunday 11:59 pm ET. Discussion posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.

Research Proposal and Literature Review – 15 percent

Research Paper – 35 percent

Final Assignment – 30 percent

Required Readings

Weekly Lesson Notes and videos or audio files are found in the Content 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.