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HLSS508 - Privacy & Civil Liberties in Homeland Security

Course Details

Course Code: HLSS508 Course ID: 4883 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course offers an examination of the challenges associated with balancing civil liberties and securing the homeland. Students will examine critical infrastructure protection, the use of technology, and the need to carry out intelligence gathering in secrecy around the context of civil liberties and civil rights. Recommendations to improve existing homeland security programs and their overall effectiveness to meet emergent future challenges while balancing civil liberties will be discussed.

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
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: Differentiate between civil rights and civil liberties.

CO-2: Assess the challenges of balancing civil liberties and security.

CO-3: Evaluate the impact of security laws, programs, and activities on civil liberties within the United States.

CO-4: Analyze safeguards in place to protect civil rights and civil liberties.

CO-5: Critique the homeland security enterprise’s capability to meet emergent future challenges while balancing civil liberties.

Forum Discussions – 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 two 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.

Research Question and Literature Review – 25 percent

The components of this assignment include a research question, a purpose statement, and a literature view of at least 10 sources, two of which must be peer-reviewed. The specific research question should relate to a general topic in the course. 5-9 pages.

Research Paper – 25 percent

Adding to the 5-9 Research Question and Literature Review assignment, the research paper should be at least 3-8 additional pages of analysis of your topic, not including the cover page, the reference list, and any appendices.

Final Assignment – 30 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of four questions, 2-3 pages each, to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory.

NameGrade %
Discussion Forums 20.00 %
Week 1 Forum 2.50 %
Week 2 Forum 2.50 %
Week 3 Forum 2.50 %
Week 4 Forum 2.50 %
Week 5 Forum 2.50 %
Week 6 Forum 2.50 %
Week 7 Forum 2.50 %
Week 8 Forum 2.50 %
Research Question 25.00 %
Research Question and Literature Review 25.00 %
Research Paper 25.00 %
Research Paper 25.00 %
Final Assignment 30.00 %
Final Assignment 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.