Statesmanship and National Security – PLCY 800

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

Course Description

Statesmanship and National Security covers the role of leaders tasked with protecting nations. Foreign policy concerns, Constitutional parameters, and tools for decision-making from a biblical perspective will be discussed. These elements will be discussed in a fluid fashion approximating a "think -tank " environment, engaging technology to access real time information while also examining the results of decision structures of the past.


PLCY 700


Statesmanship and National Security, is one in a series of courses designed to further the Public Policy doctoral student’s understanding of the role of God-honoring leadership in the political arena, nationally and internationally.  This leadership role becomes especially evident in the field of National Security.  The course provides an understanding of multiple perspectives on securing a nation.  Doctoral students will learn to recognize processes, terminology and approaches to engaging the national security community. Equipped with needed information, students may further the discipline by both assessing and communicating to political stakeholders that which constitutes legitimate, biblically-sound, theory-based action.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate understanding of multiple perspectives on National Security
  2. Recognize processes, terminology, and approaches to engagement among leaders
  3. Recognize functionaries charged with security related responsibilities
  4. Demonstrate skills associated with communicating biblically-sound action
  5. Demonstrate understanding of “Lessons-Learned” from past security challenges

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 is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 800 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 1 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 500 words.

National Security Policy Briefs (5)

In Modules/Weeks 2–6, the student will provide an assessment of conditions impinging upon the security of the United States by submitting a 2–3-page National Security Policy Brief covering a specific area of specialization.

The student will write a 25-page research-based paper in current Turabian format that focuses on a systematic review of literature pertaining to key questions confronting his or her selected national security topic of specialization. The paper must include at least 50 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

SLR Topic Proposal

The student will submit a research question on a topic of specialization related to national security.

SLR List of References

The student will compile prospective sources other than the course textbook and the Bible that discuss the pertinent aspects of his or her national security research question.

SLR Annotated Bibliography

The student will develop an annotated bibliography that provides a narrative account of the following for each source identified in the SLR List of References: the nature of the study, the methodology, and the findings generated.  Citations must follow current Turabian format.

SLR Final Paper

The student will submit a final systematic literature review paper. The SLR must be 25 pages, include at least 50 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible, and follow current Turabian format.  The page count does not include the title page or reference list.

The student will provide a 12–15-page policy paper that discusses:  the background of the selected national security problem, its scope and severity, a well-specified statement of the problem, policy alternatives, criteria by which the policy alternatives should be judged, and recommended action(s).