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Course Details

Course Code: IRLS400 Course ID: 4002 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course provides an overview of human rights, their history, codification, and the various debates that surround human rights discourse. Additionally various human rights topics are analyzed. The course provides students with a thorough understanding of how human rights and human security are intertwined.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

CO1: Compare competing theories of global justice.

CO2: Analyze how effectively human rights are monitored and enforced.

CO3: Examine the impact of culture on the creation of Human Rights.

CO4: Evaluate mechanisms used for punishing violators of Human Rights.

CO5: Examine the impact of politics, economy, and sustainability on the international system.

Each assignment will be evaluated by the instructor using a rubric scoring guide and comments inserted into the Word document. Forum grades will be determined using a rubric scoring guide. Additionally, comments may be given informally within the forum or in more detail within the forum grader tool.

LATE ASSIGNMENTS: Late assignments and late forum posts will be accepted under certain circumstances. A student request for late submission must be initiated twenty-four (24) hours prior to the assignment deadline. Without prior permission by the instructor, late work will be assessed a five (5) percent penalty per day.

CITATION AND REFERENCE STYLE: All assignments for the School of Security and Global Studies (papers, essays, exams, and Forums) must follow the Turabian citation method. An online copy of may be found at: Students should be aware that in-text citations are the preferred method for citing sources (rather than in footnotes or endnotes). Any notes used in essays or assignments should be limited to extraneous information that the student wishes to include. The format for in-text citations is given in the Turabian guide linked above. Students are to use the parenthetical form (P) within the text of the document and the reference list form (R) in providing a list of sources. See more information on citation style in the Week 1 Lesson.

Forum discussions – One initial post by Thursday; two follow-up posts to classmates by Sunday. Specific questions found in Forums tab of the classroom.

Midterm assignment – Four-page essay. Specific instructions found in Assignments tab of the classroom..

Progress assignment – Simulation role-playing exercise (six pages including research and analysis). Specific instructions found in Assignments tab of the classroom.

Final assignment – Four-page reflection paper. Specific instructions found in Assignments tab of the classroom.

NameGrade %
Simulation 25.00 %
Simulation Assignment 25.00 %
Final Assignment 25.00 %
Final Research Project 25.00 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Forum 25.00 %
Forum 1 3.13 %
Forum 2 3.13 %
Forum 3 3.13 %
Forum 4 3.13 %
Forum 5 3.13 %
Forum 6 3.13 %
Forum 7 3.13 %
Forum 8 3.13 %

1. Assigned readings found in “Resources” tab in the classroom.

2. Powerpoint slides and Lesson Notes found in “Resources” tab in the classroom.

3. Online Multimedia Resources Assigned:

· Teaching Human Rights Online Case Studies

· University of Nebraska tutorials I to VI

· Human Rights Education Associates Refugees Tutorial + Study Guides

· UC Law Digital Webcast Publications

· The Conference on the Establishment and Role of the International Criminal

A. Court (November 10, 2001),

B. Evil and U.S. Foreign Policy: Genocide, Terrorism and Gross Violations of

4. Students are also expected to follow international affairs by regularly accessing reputable media sources with significant foreign policy content, such as TV newscasts (Newshour (PBS), CNN WorldView/The World Today, C-Span, ABC News, ABC Nightline, CBS News, NBC News), radio (National Public Radio), newspapers (New York Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Wall Street Journal), news services (AP, Reuters) and/or news magazines (Time, Newsweek, The Economist).

Book Title:Achieving Human Rights- E-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Taylor & Francis Group
Author:Richard Falk
Unit Cost:$40.74
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.