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HLSS302 - Introduction to Homeland Security and Defense

Course Details

Course Code: HLSS302 Course ID: 4479 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course offers a broad overview of the key operational and policy areas the United States government employs to best ensure the security of the nation. Students will explore and discover central themes that frame the government’s homeland security operations which emerged after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 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: Describe homeland security as defined in the U.S. national security strategies and policies.

CO-2: Assess U.S. critical infrastructure protection programs.

CO-3: Examine risk management in homeland security operations.

CO-4: Examine the capabilities and limitations of intelligence to support homeland security efforts.

CO-5: Critique the homeland security system’s capability to meet forecast and emergent future challenges.

Forum Discussions – 25 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 11:55 pm ET and respond to two (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.

Midterm Assignment - 20 percent

This written assignment consists of students developing a research paper of 5 pages total to fully respond to two questions based on concepts of homeland security and homeland defense as well as national security strategy formulation. Reputable and scholarly sources are to be utilized when writing the paper and they must be cited in APA style.

Progress Assignment - 25 percent

This written assignment consists of students developing a research paper of 5 pages total to fully respond to two questions on risk management and cyber-security. Reputable and scholarly sources are to be utilized when writing the paper and they must be cited in APA style.

Final Assignment – 30 percent

This written assignment is comprised of addressing intelligence efforts in supporting the homeland security enterprise as well as future challenges. Reputable and scholarly sources are to be utilized when writing the paper and they must be cited in APA style.

NameGrade %
Midterm Assignment 20.00 %
Midterm Assignment 20.00 %
Discussion Forums 25.00 %
DF1 3.13 %
DF2 3.13 %
DF3 3.13 %
DF4 3.13 %
DF5 3.13 %
DF6 3.13 %
DF7 3.13 %
DF8 3.13 %
Progress Assignment 25.00 %
Progress Assignment 25.00 %
Final Assignment 30.00 %
Final Assignment 30.00 %

All required readings are located in the Lessons tab 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

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.