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INTL616 - Ethical Challenges in the Intelligence Community

Course Details

Course Code: INTL616 Course ID: 3107 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course examines issues of ethics, morality, and legal principles in the context of Intelligence through an in-depth critical analysis of the primary ethical philosophies and legal doctrines as they apply to contemporary U.S. Intelligence. Students will research the moral, psychological, and legal issues pertaining to a variety of topics. The course concludes with an evaluation of an issue within the intelligence community related ethical-moral and legal choices.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
01/27/20 - 07/03/20 07/06/20 - 08/30/20 Summer 2020 Session B 8 Week session
02/24/20 - 07/31/20 08/03/20 - 09/27/20 Summer 2020 Session I 8 Week session
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

Current Syllabi

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

CO-1: Examine the foundations of ethics and how they relate to topics specific to the field of intelligence

CO-2: Assess the merits of ethical and moral philosophy for intelligence operations

CO-3: Analyze the ethical challenges faced by decision makers as they relate to issues within the field of intelligence.

CO-4: Apply legal and ethics concepts to the study of intelligence operations

CO-5: Synthesize the literature relevant to an ethical issue within intelligence.

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

Literature Reviews x 3 – 80 percent

One fundamental skillset at this level is being able to synthesize vast amounts of literature into a small space. In this course you will work on mastering this skill by completing three literature reviews specific to a topic covered within the course.

• External websites and other assigned reading found in the Lessons area of the classroom.

Required Readings

• External websites and other assigned readings are found in the Lessons area of the classroom.

• Weekly Lesson Notes and videos or audio files are found in the Lessons area of the classroom.

Book Title:Moral Issues in Military Decision Making, Revised Edition
Author:Hartle, Anthony
Unit Cost:$21.35
Book Title:The required materials for this course will be changing for future sessions. All materials will be available online, located inside the Lessons section of your classroom. Please email for confirmation of the start month.

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.