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IRLS416 - The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

Course Details

Course Code: IRLS416 Course ID: 3406 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course will explain how an alliance of nations, formed to protect its member countries from a re-emergence of post-World War II Germany, transformed itself in order to protect Western Europe from the Warsaw Pact. It will delve into how an alliance that was purely defensive in origin evolved into an organization that conducted offensive operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina and attacked a sovereign nation in an attempt to bring peace to Kosovo. It will conclude with a study on the possible future of NATO in the changing environment of Europe and America. The scope of this course focuses on the role of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) since it’s founding to the present. The course includes the formation of the Alliance, the study of the member countries military forces, the organization and purposes of the various NATO Headquarters, the role of NATO in the Cold War, and the role NATO is playing today in the stabilization of Europe.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

CO-1 Analyze historic developments in the formation of NATO

CO-2 Critique NATO’s role in U.S. foreign relations

CO-3 Evaluate NATO’s expansion policies

CO-4 Analyze major strategy changes in NATO

CO-5 Examine the norms that guide NATO

Forum discussions – 25 percent

Each week, a discussion question is provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings. Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET and respond to 2 or more classmates by Sunday 11:55 pm ET. Forum posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.

Midterm assignment - 25 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of 2 questions, 3 pages each, to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory.

Progress assignment - 25 percent

Specialized Exercise. 8-10 pages including research and analysis.

Final assignment – 25 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of 2 questions, 3 pages each, to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory.

NameGrade %
Forums 25.00 %
Week 1 3.13 %
Week 2 3.13 %
Week 3 3.13 %
Week 4 3.13 %
Week 5 3.13 %
Week 6 3.13 %
Week 7 3.13 %
Week 8 3.13 %
Assignments 75.00 %
Final Assignment 25.00 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Progress Assignment 25.00 %
  • External websites and other assigned reading found in the Lessons area of the classroom.

  • Weekly Lesson Notes and videos or audio files are found in the Lessons area of the classroom.
Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the eReserve by course #. You must be logged in to eCampus first to access the links.
Author: No Author Specified
Book Title:NATO: In Search of a Vision - E-book available in the APUS Online Library
ISBN:9781589016309
Publication Info:Georgetown University Press
Author:Aybet
Unit Cost:$27.12

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.