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MILS512 - Great Military Leaders

Course Details

Course Code: MILS512 Course ID: 3242 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course is an in-depth analysis of the characteristics of leadership common to great military leaders. It focuses on those personalities and decision-making skills that are inbred and/or learned by the great leaders. Students compare and contrast the characteristics of great military leaders and choose a specific leader to assess the persona of that individual. Special emphasis is on investigating the biographical literature and what sources reveal about personality and leadership style.

Course Schedule

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

Current Syllabi

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

CO-1: Analyze the attributes of “Great Military Leaders”.

CO-2: Apply an analytical framework of a “Great Captain” to the study of military leaders.

CO-3: Distinguish between “Great Captains” and “Great Military Leaders”.

CO-4: Evaluate historical military leaders at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels of war.

CO-5: Construct an assessment of a leader using a rigorous analytical framework.

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 2 or more classmates’ initial posts by Sunday 11:59 pm ET. Discussion posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.

Research Proposal and Literature Review – 20 percent

Research Paper – 30 percent

Final Assignment – 30 percent

Required Course Textbooks

There are no required course textbooks for this class.

Required Readings

Weekly Lesson Notes and videos or audio files are found in the Content area of 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.