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HLSS311 - Border and Coastal Security

Course Details

Course Code: HLSS311 Course ID: 2571 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is a study of the federal, state and local organizations involved in border and coastal security, associated homeland security issues, the various policy and operational strategies used for border and coastal access and security, and contemporary border and coastal security concerns. Topics also include immigration and non-U.S. approaches to border and coastal security.





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: Analyze the complexities of the international border.

CO-2: Explain the concept of Open Markets and Closed Borders.

CO-3: Examine the economic impact of border protection.

CO-4: Describe the SMART Port Security Legislation, the SAFE Port Act, and the Small Vessel Security Strategy.

CO-5: Evaluate the similarities and differences between the external borders of New Europe and the U.S.-Mexico border.

Forum Discussions – 25 percent

Each week, a discussion question(s) will be 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 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 Assessment - 25 percent

This assignment will not have a time limit and you can access it as often as you like but only one submission is allowed. The Midterm will consists of 5 short essay topic questions and will cover the required readings found in the "Lessons" ( Course Tool Bar) for weeks 1-4. The Assessment can be accessed in the "Assignments" (Course Tool Bar).

Research Paper Assignment - 25 percent

Each student will submit a research paper on a chosen topic pertaining to Border and Coastal Security. Your topic must be cleared with your instructor first before proceeding. Research paper will be 10-12 pages of content, excluding a title page and bibliography (at least 10 outside references). Your paper is to be written in APA style format and prepared in a Microsoft word document which will be uploaded to both the "Assignments" (Course Tool Bar). When you submit your paper to through the "Assignments" it will be automatically submitted to Turnitin which checks for plagiarism. APA Style Format information can be found in the "Resources" (Course Tool Bar). Your Research Paper will be due in week 6.

Final Assignment – 25 percent

This assignment will not have a time limit and you can access it as often as you like but only one submission is allowed. The Final will consists of 5 short essay topic questions and will cover the required readings found in the "Lessons" (Course Tool Bar) for weeks 5-8. The Assessment can be accessed in the "Assignments" (Course Tool Bar).

NameGrade %
Forums 25.00 %
Week 1 3.13 %
Week 2 3.13 %
Week 3 3.13 %
Week 4 3.13 %
Week 5 3.13 %
Week 6 3.13 %
Week 7 3.13 %
Week 8 3.13 %
Paper 25.00 %
Research Paper 25.00 %
Assignments 50.00 %
Final Assignment 25.00 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %

All required readings are located in the Lessons area 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.