National Security Law
Assignments will include an opportunity to brief the “President” (played by the professor or a guest) on a national security topic of his or her choice. Students will learn practical skills (e.g., research, writing, problem-solving analysis, collaboration, oral communication) in the context of national security law. The course will be participatory, meaning that students are expected to contribute to class discussion each week.
Coursework includes a variety of assessment instruments to encourage and assess student learning and allow students to demonstrate their competency. The assignments are designed to mimic real-life scenarios that national security leaders face, and to help students hone practical skills. Students will be graded based on: (a) class participation (15%); (b) short weekly/biweekly written assignments (during the first part of the semester), asking students to respond to questions about the reading, a hypothetical, or a practice-skill prompt (25%); (c) briefing the “President” and her top national security advisers (during the second part of the semester) (25%); and (d) a 24-hour take-home final examination (35%).