Sovereignty & National Security Challenges – NSEC 506

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

Course Description

This course discusses the issues related to national security and the concept of national sovereignty. Answers the questions on the security implications of national sovereignty, especially in the global market place and the ubiquitous application of internet and cyber capabilities. Discusses potential threats to US sovereignty, and the US responsibility in areas of sovereignty with other nations, both allied and non-allied.


NSEC 501


This course is offered as partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Arts in Political Science or Masters of Science in International Relations programs. It provides a broad graduate-level introduction to the study of national sovereignty and national security from a Biblical perspective. This course embraces comprehensive approach the study of the structure, role, and function of sovereignty and security in the international system.

Why do borders matter? Are they simply arbitrary lines of demarcation identifying macro-level ownership? Or, are they much more than this? PSCI 506 examines these and other questions related to state sovereignty and national security. Topics examined throughout this course include: the relationship between historical and contemporary theories of international governance, state sovereignty, nationalism, global governance, international intervention (military and humanitarian), state security, economic globalization, technology, and trade. These critical components are evaluated through the lens of biblical truth. Case studies, from a biblical perspective, examine concrete manifestations of sovereign power, the exercise of state authority at international borders, and the actions states take to ensure national security.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply Biblical concepts of state sovereignty and national security to the fields of Political Science, Public Policy, and International Relations.
  2. Apply and discuss the history and intellectual origins, including classical and contemporary theories, of state sovereignty and security.
  3. Identify key actors, organizations, and concepts related to state sovereignty and national security.
  4. Understand and communicate the critical relationship between state sovereignty and national security.
  5. Evaluate the impact and implications of globalization and modernization on state sovereignty and the resulting national security challenges.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, articles, and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussion Board Forums (3)

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 original thread must be 500 words and incorporate ideas and citations from at least three of the required readings and presentations for the assigned module/week.
  • In addition to the thread, the student must reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads.
  • Each reply must be 250 words and include citations from the required reading and presentations, and be on subject matter not discussed in the student’s original post. As such, the reply post must include the remaining weekly material not covered in the student’s original post.
  • Each thread and reply must follow current APA format.

Analysis Papers (4)

Students will submit four 6–8-page papers in current APA format, being careful to include 3–5 scholarly sources, on the following topics related to state sovereignty and national security: Sovereignty in the International System, Security Dilemma, Sovereignty and Immunity, and The Future of State Sovereignty.

Research Paper

This research paper will be submitted in 3 separate parts: Parts 1–3.

Part 1: Students will provide the primary research question that he/she will be answering in the final paper or part 3. To justify this research question, the student will explain why this question is important to the study of sovereignty and national security in 3-4 pages.

Part 2: Students will submit a 4–6-page paper with a summary for each major section the paper and a reference list of 10–12 scholarly sources with a 100- word summary annotations of each source.

Part 3: Students will submit one 10–12 page paper on a pre-approved topic answering the approved question they compiled related to state sovereignty and national security.