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Course Details

Course Details

Course Code: MILS521 Course ID: 3463 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course is a comprehensive study that explores the strategic, operational, and tactical dimensions of war through an examination of military theory in the context of historical experience. Purpose is to promote critical thinking about war based on the clash of ideas and critical inquiry and analysis. Toward that end, students examine some of the masters in the art of war in terms of their ideas and influence regarding strategy, tactics, and especially operational art.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

CO-1: Understand the Principles of War and Levels of War as ways of gaining a better understanding of War and Warfare (i.e., the conduct of War) and heuristics to promote self-learning.

CO-2: Evaluate the origins, purpose, and analytical capabilities of the Principles of War and the Levels of War--strategic, operational, and tactical--to include their relationships and interrelationships.

CO-3: Evaluate the major variables that influence performance and effectiveness at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels of war using the Principles of War, and the Military Effectiveness and Combat Effectiveness paradigms.

CO-4: Understand the intellectual value of the Military Effectiveness method of assessing the effectiveness of military organizations, and apply it at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels of war to better understand each.

CO-5: Understand the intellectual value of the Combat Effectiveness method of assessing the effectiveness of military organizations, and apply it at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels of war to better understand each.

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 11:59 pm ET and respond to 2 or more classmates by Sunday 11:59 pm ET. Discussion posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.

Research Question, Purpose Statement, and Literature Review Exercise – 15 percent

Research Paper – 35 percent

Final Assignment – 30 percent

Required Course Textbooks

There are no textbooks required for this course; all materials are available on-line.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.*
ISBN:ERESERVE NOTE

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.