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IRLS491 - Special Topics in International Relations

Course Details

Course Code: IRLS491 Course ID: 3167 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course allows the students to examine an emergent issue or event in this field of study. The course will be taught in a structured seminar format. Students are required to complete a research project.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

CO-1 Explain how the success and failure of the Chinese Revolution depended upon the mass mobilization of peasants and the combination of traditional and modern strategies.

CO-2 Examine the case of Iran in 1979 and the recent Arab Spring to identify relevant theories and concepts that are applicable to these events.

CO-3 Analyze the relationship of a revolutionary movement to the state, and to civil society.

CO-4 Distinguish the theoretical differences between Alexis de Tocqueville, Karl Marx and Max Weber.

CO-5 Evaluate competing analyses of modernization in the field of political science and sociology.

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

A 5 page comparative analysis of the Russian and Chinese Revolutions.

Progress assignment - 15 percent

A 3 page paper on the Mexican Revolution.

Final assignment – 35 percent

An 8 page paper. Please see assignment folder for details.

NameGrade %
Forum Discussions 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 %
Week 2: Progress Assessment 15.00 %
Week 2 - Progress Assignment 15.00 %
Week 5: Midtern Assessment 25.00 %
Week 5 - Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Week 8: Final Assessment 35.00 %
Week 8 - Final Paper Assignment 35.00 %
  • Required Course Textbook
    • The required text for this course is:
    • No required textbook.
  • 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:There are no required books for this course.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.