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Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence Strategies
HLSC-730

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 07/28/2020

Contact Information

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Course Description

Counterintelligence (CI) and Counterterrorism (CT) provides students with insight on the homeland security threats we face today with emphasis on terrorism and espionage. The tasks of CT and CI are particularly analysis-intensive. It requires its practitioners to employ a melded set of analytical tools and interoperable capabilities. This objective can be complicated by the fact that many CT and CI operations might involve several entities, including both the Intelligence Community and counterterrorism efforts. This course will explore how to create unified, integrated, and multi-disciplinary CT and CI analysis programs that make the best use of all available resources.

Requisites

Prerequisite

HLSC 720

Rationale

The purpose of this course is to examine Counterintelligence and Counterterrorism principles and techniques. Counterintelligence and Counterterrorism are both offensive and defensive and serve to help secure our homeland from a myriad of enemies both foreign and domestic.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence strategies.
  2. Evaluate homeland security threats faced with emphasis on terrorism and espionage.
  3. Develop a melded set of analytical tools and interoperable capabilities to use in Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence activities.
  4. Create unified, integrated, and multi-disciplinary Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence strategies that make the best use of all available resources.
  5. Discuss biblical examples involving both Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchases

Prunckun, H. (2012). Counterintelligence theory and practice. New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Inc. ISBN: 9781442219335

Ronczkowski, M. R. (2018). Terrorism and organized hate crime. (4th ed.). Boca Raton FL: Taylor & Francis (CRC Press). ISBN: 9781138703469

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Recommended Resource

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Current ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Additional Materials for Learning 

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Word
    5. Microsoft Office Mix

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (8)

There will be 8 Discussion Board Forums throughout this course. The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided topic for each forum. Each thread is to be at least 450-500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200-250 words.

Research Paper 1

The student will complete a Research Paper which will be a Comprehensive Examination of Counterintelligence. This paper will be exhaustive. The student will provide the following using these headings: Counterintelligence fundamentals, challenges, theory; Defensive Counterintelligence to include planning, tenets, security of all types, and communications; Offensive Counterintelligence to include tenets, detection, deception, and neutralization; and ethics of counterintelligence. The student will discuss Biblical examples of the use of intelligence and or counterintelligence. How does cyber and social media fit in? The student will write at minimum a 10-full page research-oriented paper in current APA format. The paper must include at least 7 sources (which will include the class textbooks). The paper will be submitted through SafeAssign.

Research Paper 2

The student will complete a Research Paper which will be a Comprehensive Examination of Counterterrorism. This paper will be exhaustive. The student will provide the following using these headings: the purpose and need to understand, define, and analyze terrorism; discussion of behavioral traits, suspicious activity, radicalization and recruitment for and of terrorism; intelligence gathering; enhanced investigation and analysis; what’s past is prologue as it pertains to counterterrorism, and what might we expect from terrorism in the future. How does cyber and social media fit in? The student will write at minimum a 10-full page research-oriented paper in current APA format. The paper must include at least 7 sources (which can include the class textbooks). The paper will be submitted through SafeAssign.

Training Presentation (Two Options)

Option A - Instructions for A Comprehensive Examination of Counterintelligence Training Presentation

The student will prepare a PowerPoint (Audio/Visual) presentation wherein he or she will design training which will cover everything he or she discussed in the written paper he or she completed on this same topic in this class. Each section that was written and covered in the paper needs to be discussed but the training video will end with additional information that will include contingencies and countermeasures to a cyber-attack or intrusion.

Option B - Instructions for A Comprehensive Examination of Counterterrorism Training Presentation

The student will prepare a PowerPoint (Audio/Visual) presentation wherein he or she will design training which will cover everything he or she discussed in the written paper he or she completed on this same topic in this class. Each section that was written and covered in the paper needs to be discussed.

A minimum of twenty content slides are required not including the cover and reference slides. The presentation needs to be at least 15 minutes long and should last no more than 30 minutes maximum. At least 7 references should be cited and included on the last slide. The presentation must be in current APA format.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (8 at 50 pts ea)

400

Research Paper 1

200

Research Paper 2

200

Training Presentation (Two Options)

200

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

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For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Schedule

HLSC 730

Textbook: Prunckun, Counterintelligence Theory and Practice (2012).

Ronczkowski, Terrorism and Organized Hate Crime (2018).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Prunckun: chs. 1 – 3

Bible Reading

1 Presentation

1 lecture note

1 website

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1

10

0

50

2

Prunckun: chs. 4 & 6 – 9

Bible Reading

1 Presentation

1 lecture note

1 website

DB Forum 2

50

3

Prunckun: chs. 11-13

Bible Reading

1 Presentation

1 lecture note

1 website

DB Forum 3

50

4

Prunckun: chs. 5, 10, & 14

Bible Reading

1 Presentation

1 lecture note

1 website

DB Forum 4

Research Paper 1

50

200

5

Ronczkowski: chs. 1, 3, & 9

Bible Reading

1 Presentation

1 lecture note

1 website

DB Forum 5

50

6

Ronczkowski: chs. 2, & 4-5

Bible Reading

1 Presentation

1 lecture note

1 website

DB Forum 6

Research Paper 2

50

200

7

Ronczkowski: chs. 6-8

Bible Reading

1 Presentation

1 lecture note

1 website

DB Forum 7

50

8

Ronczkowski: chs. 10 -12

Bible Reading

1 Presentation

1 lecture note

1 website

DB Forum 8

Training Presentation

50

200

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course module/week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.