Christian Values in National Security – NSEC 502

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

Course Description

This course examines Christian moral challenges in the national security structure, addressing Biblical aspects of government and dilemmas facing Christians in national security challenges, morals and ethics in war, covert action, and peacetime, and the ethics involved in intervention policies. The course considers the Christian approach, collectively and individually, to national defense and intelligence operations.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

This course examines the need, importance and status of Judeo-Christian values, ethics and character in the American national security arena; it will also explore individual godly character and ethics as well as organizational ethics from a Judeo-Christian worldview. Gen Matthew Ridgway said it best: “Without character—particularly in the military [national security]--failure in peace, disaster in war, or, at best, mediocrity in both will result.” That makes this course’s subject matter foundational, and its importance an imperative to the national security program (NSEC).

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Summarize the major ethical theories, character development principles and worldview perspectives comparing them to the Bible, biblical principles and the Christian worldview as it relates to national security.
  2. Explain godly character, ethics, biblical principles and a Christian worldview for both individuals and in organizations (collectively) in the national security context.
  3. Explain key organization structures, cultures, and philosophies of government related to national security challenges compared to biblical principles and a Christian worldview.
  4. Describe the history of intervention policies, covert actions and the set of ethical principles and other rationales behind them.
  5. Apply ethical principles and Just War Theory (JWT) to current and historical examples related to war, covert actions and intervention policies.

Course Assignment

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 (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 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 250 words.

Personal Philosophy and Vision Paper

The student will write a 5–7-page paper in current APA format that focuses on a personal character and ethical leadership vision. The paper must include at least 5 reference(s) in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Ethical Scenario Papers (2)

The student will write a 5–7-page paper in a modified APA format that focuses on one or more ethical dilemmas. The paper must include at least 5 reference(s) in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Midterm and Final Exams (2)

Each exam will cover the “Reading & Study” material for the assigned module(s)/week(s). Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice and true/false, 5 short answer, 3 short essay, 1 ethical decision-making or character scenario questions, and have a 120-minute time limit.

Research Paper (3 parts)

The student will write an 8–10-page research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on a key topic approved by the instructor. The paper must include at least 5 reference(s) in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

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