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Administrative Unit: History and Political Science Department
Course Prefix and Number: MAMS 531
Course Title: Resiliency for the Military Profession
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

An exploration of risk and resiliency processes during and after military service. The course focuses on defining resilience, examining sources of risk and protection within families and individuals, and examining appropriate prevention programs. Discussion also covers promotion of one's own resilience as well as well-being within the military profession.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Biobehavioral Resilience to Stress
By Lukey, B.J. & Tepe, V. (Taylor and Fancis Group (2008))
How Deployments Affect Service Members
By Hosek, J.R., Miller, L., & Kavanagh, J. (RAND (2006))
Course Objectives
  • To analyze the concept of resiliency and what it means in a military context.
  • To identify sources of risk and protection within military families and individuals.
  • To evaluate prevention programs.
Measurable Learning
  • Identify the characteristics of resilient military personnel and their families.
  • Understand how resilience is developed in light of the psychological and physical challenges faced by military personnel.
  • Describe the knowledge and skills that promote resiliency in military personnel, including identification of one's own level of resiliency.
  • Design a prevention program for particular military personnel.
Topical Outline:

Topics for the course should include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Identification of resilient characteristics
  • The role of stress, personality, cognition and optimism
  • Evaluation of risk factors for various personnel
  • Evaluation of risk factors in various situations
  • Promoting resiliency
  • Evaluation of one's own level of resiliency

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Kristi Miller Date: October 21, 2011
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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