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Course Details

Course Details

Course Code: MILS583 Course ID: 3220 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course is a critical analysis of the origins and structures of insurgency and revolution. Various theories and analyses are presented and tested against the historical record. Students assess how these ideas have assisted or hindered the study of and interaction with specific groups of insurgents and revolutionaries. Special emphasis is on revolutionary movements as represented by the Bolsheviks, the Chinese Communists, the Viet Minh/Viet Cong, and militant Islamist insurgents.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

CO-1: Analyze insurgency and revolution.

CO-2: Examine the impact of scholarship on revolution and insurgency.

CO-3: Analyze causes of insurgency and revolution.

CO-4: Evaluate techniques for defeating insurgency and revolutionary movements.

CO-5: Analyze key lessons learned on insurgency and revolution as they relate to changes in tactics, operations, and strategy.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Discussion Forums – 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.

Short Research Paper I – 25 percent

Short Research Paper 2 – 25 percent

Final Assessment – 30 percent

Required Course Textbooks

There is no required text for this course.

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.