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NSEC613 - Current and Emerging Threats to U.S. National Security

Course Details

Course Code: NSEC613 Course ID: 4196 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course examines contemporary globalization, its links to emergent threats, and potential U.S. responses. To familiarize students with the types and effects of emergent threats, the course considers several topics including the history and future of: cyber conflict, bioterrorism and public health, climate change, radicalization of U.S. citizens, transnational organized crime, terrorism WMD, state failure and civil war, and emerging technologies. The relationship between globalization and emergent threats is explored with a focus on U.S. national security strategy. The course is about the politics of emergent threats and does not require any specialized technical background.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I 8 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

CO-1: Analyze and understand new and emerging challenges to International Security.

CO-2: Analyze and understand new and emerging challenges to US National Security.

CO-3: Evaluate the nexus between system, state, and individual level threats.

CO-4: Appraise threats posed to public and private sectors.

CO-5: Generate new ideas regarding current and emerging threats to US National Security and International Security.

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 or more classmates by Sunday 11:55 pm ET. Forum posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.

Case Study – 30 percent

Choose a case of civil war, failed state, or terror attack between 2001 and today. It should be about 12 pages (double spaced).

Podcast – 25 percent

Cover the issues from your case study in an audio form. It should be about 12 minutes long. You’ll also need to upload a script to the assignment tab.

Final Assignment – 25 percent

This assignment will include two essays of 4-5 (double spaced) pages for each question due on the last day of class.

NameGrade %
Forums 20.00 %
Forum 1 2.50 %
Forum 2 2.50 %
Forum 3 2.50 %
Forum 4 2.50 %
Forum 5 2.50 %
Forum 6 2.50 %
Forum 7 2.50 %
Forum 8 2.50 %
Podcast 25.00 %
Podcast 25.00 %
Case Study 30.00 %
Case Study 30.00 %
Final Assignment 25.00 %
Final Assignment 25.00 %

All required readings are located under the Lessons tab in 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

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.