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IRLS492 - Senior Seminar in International Relations

Course Details

Course Code: IRLS492 Course ID: 3171 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This senior capstone course allows students majoring in International Relations to analyze specific issues at the global level that would include: armaments, disarmament and proliferation; nationalism and world order; terrorism; peacekeeping; drug wars; political development and revolutionary change in less developed countries; and the organized use of force. This course will provide students with the opportunity to complete an approved academic research exercise that demonstrates knowledge of a selected field of study. This is a capstone course to be taken after all other International Relations courses have been satisfactorily completed. (Prerequisite: Completion of a minimum of 106 hours towards your program)

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
02/24/20 - 07/31/20 08/03/20 - 09/27/20 Summer 2020 Session I 8 Week session
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

CO-1: Examine the theory and politics of security, conflict, diplomacy, economic development, trade and globalization.

CO-2: Assess the relevancy of emerging concepts in international relations: security, modernity, liberal democracy.

CO-3: Comprehend the norms and purposes of international structures and regimes.

CO-4: Understand the various forms of globalization and their impact on various political, economic and social systems.

CO-5: Explain the co-existence of integration and disintegration regimes in the global community.

Forum discussions – 25 percent

In Week 1, all students are required post an introduction with more than 2 follow-ups by Sunday at 11:59 pm ET.

In Weeks 2, 3, 5, and 7, students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET and respond to more than 2 follow-ups to 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.

In Weeks 4 and 6, there are no forum discussions because major assignments are due.

In Week 8, you will present a 150-word summary of your final assignments in the forum, due Thursday at 11:59 pm ET with more than 2 follow-ups by Sunday at 11:59 pm ET.

Midterm assignment - 25 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of 1 question, 3 pages, 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 – Policy Analysis Image and Audio Presentation

Final assignment – 25 percent

Policy Analysis Video Presentation

NameGrade %
Forums 25.00 %
Week 2 Forum 5.00 %
Week 3 Forum 5.00 %
Week 5 Forum 5.00 %
Week 7 Forum 5.00 %
Week 8 Forum 5.00 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Week 4 Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Progress Assignment 25.00 %
Week 6 Image and Audio Presentation 25.00 %
Final Assignment 25.00 %
Week 8 Video Presentation 25.00 %
  • Required Course Textbook

The required text for this course is: This course does not utilize a course text. All readings are available as links in the classroom.

  • 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: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.