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Political Science: SU: Cyber Policy and Conflict

POLS 196 OL1 (CRN: 60450)

3 Credit Hours—Seats Available!

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Dates: July 3 - August 11, 2017; Prereq: POLS 021 or POLS 051; One-Hour synchronous sessions using Adobe Connect as part of the class, to be held starting at 7:00 pm Tuesday and Thursday nights

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Section Description

Cyber Policy & Conflict will meet synchronously twice a week throughout the second summer session on Tuesday and Thursday nights using Adobe Connect™. You will be expected to complete the majority of the course work through the text book readings, watching presentations online, additional readings posted on Blackboard™, and commenting upon the readings through asynchronous postings in forum discussions I moderate in Blackboard™. This course will explore the politics, policies and laws that are relevant to the different forms of conflict that occur in cyberspace, and identify the important national and international efforts and perspectives that are shaping the nascent and evolving regulation of cyberspace. Cyber Policy & Conflict will present you with readings and lectures dealing with issues across the entire spectrum of cyber conflict, ranging from cyber criminality to international armed conflict. Importantly, from a perspective of sustainability, it will also compare and contrast the two primary current models for government regulation of cyberspace, that is, one shared by the governments of Western and democratic developed nations, such as the U.S., and one shared by the governments of authoritarian nations, such as China.

Section Expectation

We will use our synchronous meetings to discuss the relationships between the issues raised by the readings, the on-line presentations, and the different forum posting assignments. Specifically, our synchronous meetings will focus on a discussion and analysis of the different political positions, policies and laws that are relevant to the regulation of conflict in cyberspace, and the relationships between these models and different national and international interests. My goal is for all students to contribute frequently during the course of our synchronous meetings, confident that everyone’s opinions and beliefs will be both respected and used as a springboard for gaining a deeper understanding of the nature of cyber conflict and how efforts to establish cyber regulation regimes are evolving in response to political and technological drivers. My intent for you in this class is to develop an appreciation for the breadth of the spectrum of cyber conflict, through the lens of the politics, policies, and laws applicable to its regulation. More importantly, I expect that as a result of our discussions about the political and legal influences upon cyber conflict, you will gain insight into the relationships between these influences and the challenges that national and international bodies face in trying to regulate cyberspace. Finally, as a result of understanding these relationships, I expect that you will be able to more critically assess future efforts at regulation and the ripple effects these might have across the cyber conflict spectrum.


There will be a total of six quizzes, one each week of class. The quizzes will be multiple answer/multiple choice/true-false format questions, and there will be ten questions per quiz. The purpose of the quizzes is to test your comprehension of the readings and viewings. Each quiz will be worth 4 percent of your final grade, and you will have three opportunities to take each quiz. Because of the pace of the course, there will only be two major graded events, a 90 minute midterm exam given at the end of the third week of class, and a 165 minute cumulative final exam given at the end of the sixth week of class. Each exam will have a multiple choice portion worth 50 percent of the exam grade, and an essay section worth 50 percent. The midterm exam will be worth 16 percent of the class grade, and the final will be worth 34 percent of the class grade. There will be four required forum postings on Blackboard that you will be responsible to post in a timely fashion, and each of these is worth 4 percent of the final grade, or 16 percent in total. For each of these postings, you will provide an answer of at least 350 words and no more than 400 words to the question I post no later than Wednesday of that class week. Further, you will be responsible for reading one of your fellow students’ postings and providing a 100 to 125 word comment in response to it on the forum by Friday of that class week.




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