Great Power Competition Certificate - Curriculum 254 (Resident)

Program Officer

Christian Richer, CDR, USN

Glasgow Hall Room 334

(831) 656-7753, DSN 756-7753

christian.richer@nps.edu

Academic Associate

Robert Hight, CAPT, USN

Code 38, Glasgow Hall, Room 321

(831) 656-2288, DSN 756-2288

robert.hight@nps.edu

 

The Certificate Program in Great Power Competition (GPC) will provide students timely academic knowledge on the political and strategic challenges posed for the United States by the emergence of GPC with China and its re-emergence with Russia. Upon completion of the certificate, students will be able to analyze the factors shaping the new era of geopolitical competition among the major powers and potential U.S. responses across all dimensions of power, including diplomacy, economic competition, influence campaigns, and traditional military force.

Students will take three graduate courses (12 credit hours) focusing on GPC, including at least one focusing on China and one on Russia, and also the one-unit introductory GPC lecture series, NS4000.  At least one of the courses in addition to NS4000 must be at the 4000-level.  The certificate is designed to be earned by currently enrolled master’s students.  The courses may be taken in any order, depending on when they are offered.  

 

Outcomes

In March 2019, the NSA Department conducted a curriculum review with OPNAV N5I sponsor RDML Will Pennington. One of the action items emerging from the review was to institutionalize the following Educational Skill Requirement (ESR) across all six NSA curricula and in 100% of NSA’s courses. Although ESRs are not formally required for certificates, this new program supports this ESR: ESR-4. Great Power Competition: Analyze the factors shaping the new era of increasing geopolitical competition among the major powers. Understand Chinese and Russian activities and potential U.S. responses across all dimensions of power, including diplomacy, economic competition, influence campaigns, and traditional military force.

See separate Program Learning Outcomes attached.

Typical course of study--begin any quarter

Quarter 1

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
NS4000Great Power Competition: Current Policy and Strategy

0

2

NS3005Great Power Conflict in Modern History

4

0

-or-

NS4315Security and Politics in Iran

4

0

-or-

NS3663Government and Security in Korea

4

0

NS4000 is required, but may be taken during any quarter it is available. If NS4000 is not available students will take one of the following courses:

NS3005 Great Power Conflict in Modern History (for non-NSA students; course is already required for NSA department students)

-or-

NS4315 Security and Politics in Iran

-or-

NS3663 Government and Security in Korea

Quarter 2

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
NS3401Contemporary Politics of Russia

4

0

If NS3401 is not available, then students will take one of the following courses:

NS3400 History of Russia and Eurasia

NS3450 Military Strategy in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia

NS4410 Seminar on Security in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia

NS4425 Russian Foreign Policy

Quarter 3

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
NS3661Politics in China

4

0

If NS3661 is not available, then students will take one of the following courses:

NS4024 Political Economy of China

NS4630 Seminar on Northeast Asian Security

NS4642 Chinese Foreign Policy

NS4643 Science, Technology, and Society in China