National Security Law and Policy – GOVT 461

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course examines key public policy and legal issues, trends and strategies related to the national security context. Students will also examine and articulate recommendations for policy in this context and identify future legal challenges and issues.


GOVT 458


Why is national security important? What are the rights, powers, limits, and obligations of the federal government in assuring national security?  This course prepares students for successful careers in law, defense, or national security by examining these and other critical questions relevant to national security. With a focus on constitional and statutory law, as well as policy, students gain a foundational understanding of the structural and applied aspects of national security and why it functions as it does in the modern context.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply Biblical concepts to the study national security law and the application of security law to public policy.
  2. Critically analyze the constitutional implications of national security law and national security policy.
  3. Critically analyze and discuss key aspects of national security components including diplomacy, intelligence, military, economic and criminal aspects.
  4. Identify key actors, organizations, and concepts related to state security law and public policy.
  5. Understand and communicate the critical relationship between the rule of law, state security, and how it is developed and executed through public policy.
  6. Evaluate the unique security and legal challenges leaders face when framing and enacting security-based public policy.

Course Assignment

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

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each original thread must be 400–500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge with at least 3 citations per original post. In addition to the original post, the student will reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates. Each reply must be 200–250 words and must contain three scholarly sources between the two reply posts.  Demonstration of mastery of the assigned material is demonstrated with citations and references from each/all of the week’s assigned materials and an additional 3 citations from external sources, across the three posts.  “Reply posts” will be in response to the posts of two classmates. Be sure to add to the content of others’ posts, moving the discussion forward substantively.

The student will write three, 3-5 page research-based papers, in current Turabian format, that focuses on topics that are relevant to the course content. Each essay must include 5–7 citations in addition to the course textbook/materials and the Bible. Each essay will be submitted through a SafeAssign link in Blackboard.

The student will write a 5-7 page research-based paper in current Turabian format on a topic related to National Security Law & Policy. Each essay must include at least eight citations in addition to the course textbook and the Bible. Each essay will be submitted through a SafeAssign link in Blackboard

The student will write a 5–7-page paper in current Turabian format that focuses on a topic of the student’s choice related to National Security Law and Policy. The topic must be pre-approved by the instructor via email. The paper must include at least 10 (scholarly) references in addition to the course textbook and the Bible. This assignment will be submitted through a SafeAssign link in Blackboard.