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STUDENT WARNING: This course syllabus is from a previous semester archive and serves only as apreparatory reference. Please use this syllabus as a reference only until the professor opens the classroom andyou have access to the updated course syllabus. Please do NOT purchase any books or start any work based onthis syllabus; this syllabus may NOT be the one that your individual instructor uses for a course that has not yetstarted. If you need to verify course textbooks, please refer to the online course description through your studentportal. This syllabus is proprietary material of APUS.School of Security and Global StudiesMILS690:K001 Fall 2012Independent Studies: Military Studies3 Credit Hours16 WeeksInstructor InformationInstructor:Biography:Contact:Course Description (Catalog)MILS690: Independent Studies: Military Studies (3 hours)This course is an opportunity for Military Studies students to pursue an independentresearch project or examine a specific area of history under the mentorship of a singleprofessor. Students must complete 24 credits of study before taking this course.The course will typically involve a major research paper; there will be no examination.Students will submit a proposal prior to the start of the project, and a rough draft of thepaper, both of which will count toward the final grade. Prerequisite: University approvaland Upper Level standing. Prior to registering, students should first contact theprofessor with whom they wish to mentor their independent study, coordinate anagreement on the grading requirements, and then NOTIFY their academic advisor withthe name of their professor.Course Scope1

STUDENT WARNING: This course syllabus is from a previous semester archive and serves only as apreparatory reference. Please use this syllabus as a reference only until the professor opens the classroom andyou have access to the updated course syllabus. Please do NOT purchase any books or start any work based onthis syllabus; this syllabus may NOT be the one that your individual instructor uses for a course that has not yetstarted. If you need to verify course textbooks, please refer to the online course description through your studentportal. This syllabus is proprietary material of APUS.This course allows for a high degree of flexibility yet requires the student todemonstrate a graduate level of analysis, writing, and understanding of a topic inmilitary studies.All students should strive to understand: Scope and Range: The complex nature of non state soldiers, and how they varyregionally and politically. Literature: The major primary and secondary sources on the subject are criticalfor developing a more comprehensive view of subject matter. Context: Students should be able to understand not only the individual insurgentgroups, or related subject, but also its context, the political, social, and culturalissues that influence and drive these individual groups and leaders.Course ObjectivesAfter successfully completing this course, you will be able to:CO1: Understand some of the major psycho-emotional drives that motivate insurgentsto act, and act in specific manners.CO2: Understand the common characteristics and traits that allow insurgent/non statesoldier leaders to succeed.CO3: Understand the key elements of power that insurgents seek to obtain:strategically, politically, socially, militarily, and locally.CO4: Understand the changes that insurgent groups/non state soldiers undergo frominception to end.CO5: Understand the range of capabilities that insurgent groups possess vis-á- vis thestate.Course Delivery MethodThis course, delivered via distance learning, will enable students to complete academicwork in a flexible manner, completely online. Course materials and access to an onlinelearning management system will be available to each student. Online assignments aredue by Sunday at 11:55 pm ET and include all written assignments, and research paperssubmitted for grading. Weekly Forum questions (accomplished in groups in a Forum)require an initial response by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET, with all other requiredresponses due by Sunday at 11:55 pm ET. The assigned faculty will support the studentsthroughout this eight-week course.2

STUDENT WARNING: This course syllabus is from a previous semester archive and serves only as apreparatory reference. Please use this syllabus as a reference only until the professor opens the classroom andyou have access to the updated course syllabus. Please do NOT purchase any books or start any work based onthis syllabus; this syllabus may NOT be the one that your individual instructor uses for a course that has not yetstarted. If you need to verify course textbooks, please refer to the online course description through your studentportal. This syllabus is proprietary material of APUS.Course Materials Course readings consist of selected eBooks chapters and journal articles. I haveattached all reading materials to the Announcement, making it a one stop shopfor the week’s assignments and study material.External websites and other assigned reading found in the Lessons area of theclassroom.Weekly Lesson Notes and videos or audio files are found in the Lessons area ofthe classroom.Library Guides for courses can be found at: http://apus.libguides.com/index.phpThe AMU/APU Library Guides provide access to collections of trusted sites on the OpenWeb and licensed resources on the Deep Web. These are specially tailored for academicresearch at APUS: Program Portals contain topical and methodological resources to help launchgeneral research in the degree program. To locate, search by department nameor navigate by school.Course Lib-Guides narrow the focus to relevant resources for the correspondingcourse. To locate, search by class code (e.g., SOCI111) or class name.If a guide you need is not available, please let us know by emailing the APUS Library:librarian@apus.eduREQUIRED TEXTS: Paul, Christopher, et. al., Victory Has a Thousand Fathers: DetailedCounterinsurgency Case Studies (Santa Monica, CA : RAND National DefenseResearch Institute, 2010).This online text will serve as the basis of our case studies All course material will be provided electronically or as uploaded articles found asattachments.SUGGESTED READINGS/BACKGROUND: Galula, David. Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory And Practice. Westport, CT:Praeger Publishers, 2006.3

STUDENT WARNING: This course syllabus is from a previous semester archive and serves only as apreparatory reference. Please use this syllabus as a reference only until the professor opens the classroom andyou have access to the updated course syllabus. Please do NOT purchase any books or start any work based onthis syllabus; this syllabus may NOT be the one that your individual instructor uses for a course that has not yetstarted. If you need to verify course textbooks, please refer to the online course description through your studentportal. This syllabus is proprietary material of aspx?d /books/greenwood/C9269/C9269-52.xml. Fowler, Michael. Amateur Soldiers, Global War (Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers,2005). Praeger Security International Online. 17 Oct aspx?d /books/greenwood/C8136/C8136-124.xml Rubin, Barry, Conflict and Insurgency in the Contemporary Middle East (Routledge,2009) Shultz, Richard H., Jr. Insurgents, Terrorists, and Militias (New York: ColumbiaUniversity Press, 2006).INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH OF TOPICS. Student research of topics is essential in thiscourse. It is expected that the student will search for sources pertaining to the weeklysubjects, and be graded on the search, choice, and discussion of these sources as theyrelate to weekly forums. This instructor assessment of the student’s sources will occurduring forums and weekly live discussions.Optional Resources (Recommended) Marius, Richard. A Short Guide to Writing about History. NY: Longmans, 1999.The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010. Turabian, Kate L. Manual for Writers of Term Papers, 7th Edition. Chicago:University of Chicago Press, 1997. Purchase is highly recommended. TurabianCitation Guide Online http://www.press.uchicago.edu on ProceduresEach assignment will be evaluated by the instructor using a rubric scoring guide andcomments inserted into the Word document. Forum grades will be determined using arubric scoring guide using the forum grader tool.LATE ASSIGNMENTS: Late assignments and late forum posts will be accepted undercertain circumstances. A student request for late submission must be initiated twentyfour (24) hours prior to the assignment deadline. Without prior permission by theinstructor, late work will be assessed a five (5) percent penalty per day.4

STUDENT WARNING: This course syllabus is from a previous semester archive and serves only as apreparatory reference. Please use this syllabus as a reference only until the professor opens the classroom andyou have access to the updated course syllabus. Please do NOT purchase any books or start any work based onthis syllabus; this syllabus may NOT be the one that your individual instructor uses for a course that has not yetstarted. If you need to verify course textbooks, please refer to the online course description through your studentportal. This syllabus is proprietary material of APUS.CITATION AND REFERENCE STYLE: All assignments for the School of Security and GlobalStudies (papers, essays, exams, and Forums) must follow the Turabian citationmethod. An online copy of may be found rabian citationguide.html. Studentsshould be aware that in-text citations are the preferred method for citing sources(rather than in footnotes or endnotes). Any notes used in essays or assignments shouldbe limited to extraneous information that the student wishes to include. The format forin-text citations is given in the Turabian guide linked above. Students are to use theparenthetical form (P) within the text of the document and the reference list form (R) inproviding a list of sources.Grading ScaleThe course grade is based on the following assessments:Discussion Forums/Weekly Interactions – 30 percent (5% for research paper-relateddiscussions; 25% for course readings discussions)Discussion questions related to course readings will be provided and posts should reflectan assimilation of the readings and respond to the assigned topic(s). Students arerequired to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET. Forum postsare graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the qualityof original ideas. To demonstrate knowledge of the readings, students must usecitations in parenthetical reference format and a reference list in the initial post and inthe two additional required responses to classmates’ initial posts. A minimum of two tothree sources in initial posts and one to two in subsequent required posts should be thegoal.Discussion questions related to student research papers will be required in variousweeks throughout the course to facilitate discussion with classmates. Posts shouldincorporate substantive comments and feedback on classmates’ work. No sourcecitations are required. Students should respond to at least two classmates initial posts.Weekly Interactions: Independent Studies offer a unique opportunity to learn through amore customized means of instruction. By working closer together--increasing thestudent-instructor interaction on topics--a deeper level of learning often occurs. Inaddition to structuring the Indep Study, it is integral to have a weekly "hot wash," a live(Chat or Video Conference) to discuss the weekly learning objectives. These weeklyreviews will be part of the weekly forum grade.5

STUDENT WARNING: This course syllabus is from a previous semester archive and serves only as apreparatory reference. Please use this syllabus as a reference only until the professor opens the classroom andyou have access to the updated course syllabus. Please do NOT purchase any books or start any work based onthis syllabus; this syllabus may NOT be the one that your individual instructor uses for a course that has not yetstarted. If you need to verify course textbooks, please refer to the online course description through your studentportal. This syllabus is proprietary material of APUS.Google Hangout is the preferred method of live contact as this medium is free and userfriendlyResearch Question, Purpose Statement, and Citation Format Exercise – 20 percentThe components of this assignment include a research question, a purpose and designstatement, and a reference list. It must contain at least 8 sources, at least 6 of whichmust be peer-reviewed. The specific research question should relate to a topic coveredin the course. Length: 8 pp.Rough Draft and Revisions—20 percentThis document must be a substantial attempt to present the research in a manner thatdemonstrates proper formatting, analysis, explanation, and summary. The studentmust demonstrate a graduate level of understanding of the subject, analysis of keyvariables, incorporation of significant sources, ample explanation of findings, andsummary. Length: 35 pp. minimum.Final Paper—30 percentThis is the final paper assignment of the course. It must contain citations in formal styleas well as a reference list. Length: 35-50 pp.ASSIGNMENTPercentageResearch Design AssignmentRough Draft and RevisionForum Discussion PostsResearch Paper20 percent20 percent30 percent30 percentTOTAL100 percentWriting ExpectationsAll assignments for the School of Security and Global Studies (papers, essays, exams,and Forums) must follow the Chicago Style Manual guidelines. Refer to Kate Turabian, AManual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 7th ed. Chicago:University of Chicago Press.6

STUDENT WARNING: This course syllabus is from a previous semester archive and serves only as apreparatory reference. Please use this syllabus as a reference only until the professor opens the classroom andyou have access to the updated course syllabus. Please do NOT purchase any books or start any work based onthis syllabus; this syllabus may NOT be the one that your individual instructor uses for a course that has not yetstarted. If you need to verify course textbooks, please refer to the online course description through your studentportal. This syllabus is proprietary material of turabian citationguide.html.All written submissions should be submitted in Times New Roman 12 pt font with 1”margins, typewritten in double-spaced format. Graduate-level work is expected to befree of grammar, usage, and style errors.It is very important that students are aware of and comply with the APUS policy onplagiarism in the Student Handbook. To find the plagiarism policy, go to the verticaltoolbar in the classroom and click “Policy.”Late AssignmentsStudents are expected to submit classroom assignments by the posted due date and tocomplete the course according to the published class schedule. The standard for theSchool of Security and Global Studies for late assignments is a penalty of five percentper day.WEEKLY OUTLINEWeek 1: Leaders: The Communists—Leon Trotsky, Ho Chi Minh, and Fidel CastroLO-1: Successful Insurgent leaders possess extraordinary skills and understandings ofasymmetrical warfare.LO-2: Successful Insurgent Leaders understand the “levers of power” and remaincommitted to obtaining them.LO-3: Successful Insurgent leaders posses unique psycho-emotional drives.READINGS:1.2.3.4.5.6.7.8.9.PowerPoint Lecture: The Non State Soldier in HistoryDocument: “Trotsky, the Art of Insurrection.”Article: “Of All the Woes on Earth”: Communist Activities in Indochina”Speech: “Castro Continues to Assail o/db/1959/19590125-1.htmlSpeech: Castro, “Ibero-American Unity /db/1959/19590126.htmlDocument: Castro and SpeechUniv Requirement: Some Helpful Tips for this CourseUniv Requirement: Academic IntegrityUniv. Requirement: APUS Incorporating QuotesASSIGNMENTS7

STUDENT WARNING: This course syllabus is from a previous semester archive and serves only as apreparatory reference. Please use this syllabus as a reference only until the professor opens the classroom andyou have access to the updated course syllabus. Please do NOT purchase any books or start any work based onthis syllabus; this syllabus may NOT be the one that your individual instructor uses for a course that has not yetstarted. If you need to verify course textbooks, please refer to the online course description through your studentportal. This syllabus is proprietary material of APUS.1: ForumAfter reading the assigned articles and your own sources, answer the question: “Whyand how were the Communist leaders mentioned able to succeed?”2. Instructor-Student Live Discussion: Be prepared to discuss your answer, the sourcesused, and the main points and issues related to the subject.WEEK 2: Leadership: The Islamists—Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini; Hassan Nasrallah,and Osama Bin LadenLO-1 Insurgent leaders masterfully exploit local conditions, social context (religion), andadvanced media and communications.READINGS:1. Article: “Khomeini Rise to Power”: ayatollah khomeini.htm2. Article: “Hassan Nasrallah in His Own Words”:http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x context 7&x issue 11&x article 11583. Video: “Hassan Nasrallah Threatens Hundreds of Thousands Dead .”:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v PYfU0YUYaNc4. Speech: Osama Bin 849163336457223.htmlASSIGNMENTS1. Forum: “What characteristics, tactics, and traits are evident in these successful Islamicleaders?”WEEK 3: Leaders: The Nationalists—Menachem Begin; Nelson Mandela8

STUDENT WARNING: This course syllabus is from a previous semester archive and serves only as apreparatory reference. Please use this syllabus as a reference only until the professor opens the classroom andyou have access to the updated course syllabus. Please do NOT purchase any books or start any work based onthis syllabus; this syllabus may NOT be the one that your individual instructor uses for a course that has not yetstarted. If you need to verify course textbooks, please refer to the online course description through your studentportal. This syllabus is proprietary material of APUS.LO-1: Non state soldiers use of violence is not always the same, and are shaped byprinciples, context, and psychology and emotions.LO-2: Modern Non state soldiers of the 20th and 21st centuries have focused more onattaching civilians in order to achieve their aims.READINGS:1. Website: Menachem Begin and Irgun: http://www.etzel.org.il/english/index.html2. Article: “Nelson Mandela’s Defense of 0-06-30/news/9002220709 1 nelsonmandela-american-south-dr-kingASSIGNMENTS1. Research Design for Term Paper. Please submit your research design for grading thisweek. Keep in mind that this assignment accounts for 20% of your grade.*Please see Research Design Guidelines attached to Week 3 Announcements.2. Forum. Discuss Nelson Mandela’s rise to power, ideas on violence, and compare thisto Menachem Begin and his use of violence.” Be sure to discuss the King David HotelBombing of 1946.WEEK 4: Leadership: Western and Atypical—T.E. Lawrence; Pablo EscobarLO-1: Insurgent leaders who succeed are masters of understanding and exploiting thelocal terrain.LO-2: Insurgent leaders who succeed often co-opt government officials in order tocreate time and space to operate.READINGS:1. Book: Lawrence, T. E. Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Online n/2. Article: “Pablo Escoba

Course Lib-Guides narrow the focus to relevant resources for the corresponding course. To locate, search by class code (e.g., SOCI111) or class name. If a guide you need is not available, please let us know by emailing the APUS Library: librarian@apus.edu REQUIRED TEXTS: Paul, Christopher, et. al., Victory Has a Thousand Fathers: Detailed

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