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HLSS500 - Research Methods in Homeland Security

Course Details

Course Code: HLSS500 Course ID: 3624 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course provides basic research methods skills for addressing homeland security studies problems and issues. Students focus on the detailed procedures for conducting qualitative case studies. Students become well versed in research planning, secondary data collection, and qualitative data analysis methods and how these methods relate to the larger field of social science research. This course prepares students for intermediate and advanced security and intelligence methods.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO-1: Appraise the nature of social science research and scholarship as an intellectual enterprise.

CO-2: Evaluate research approaches, data collection methods, and their relative merits in accordance with ethical practices and standards.

CO-3: Synthesize the different types of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research designs.

CO-4: Assess various research approaches, data collection methods and their relative merits in accordance with ethical practices and standards.

CO-5: Construct an empirically based qualitative research paper.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Discussions – 20 percent

Each week, a discussion question is provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings. Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:59 pm ET and respond to two or more classmates by Sunday 11:59 pm ET. Discussion posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.

Assignments – 50 percent

Final Research Proposal – 30 percent

All required readings are located under the weekly Content tab in the classroom.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.