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HLSS502 - Homeland Security and Defense

Course Details

Course Code: HLSS502 Course ID: 4483 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course offers a comprehensive overview of key elements of the United States’ homeland security program. This overview will have students examining, discussing and analyzing homeland security operational and policy concerns which have continued to evolve in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the creation of the Department of Homeland Security.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/20 - 01/01/21 01/04/21 - 02/28/21 Winter 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

CO-1: Analyze the organizational roles, responsibilities, and strategies of homeland security and homeland defense.

CO-2: Evaluate intelligence support to homeland security policy makers and practitioners.

CO-3: Assess risk management processes for supporting resource relocation.

CO-4: Describe protection of key assets and critical infrastructure.

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

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 11:55 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.

Journal Article Review – 25 percent

Select a newer scholarly journal article (no older than 2015) relevant to the course regarding Homeland Security or Homeland Defense. You will conduct an article review of that scholarly journal article.

Webography – 25 percent

You will prepare and submit an annotated Webography outlining seven (7) Homeland Security/Defense websites.

Final Essays – 30 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of four questions for which you are expected to develop a 2-3-page essay for each question that fully responds to the question being posed.

NameGrade %
Discussion Forums 20.00 %
DF1 2.50 %
DF2 2.50 %
DF3 2.50 %
DF4 2.50 %
DF5 2.50 %
DF6 2.50 %
DF7 2.50 %
DF8 2.50 %
Assignments 50.00 %
Week 3 - Journal Article Review 25.00 %
Week 6 - Webography 25.00 %
Final Essays 30.00 %
Week 8 - Final Essays 30.00 %

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. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.