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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
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 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

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 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 One Forum 3.13 %
Week Two Forum 3.13 %
Week Three Forum 3.13 %
Week Four Forum 3.13 %
Week Five Forum 3.13 %
Week Six Forum 3.13 %
Week Seven Forum 3.13 %
Week Eight Forum 3.13 %
Progress Assignment 25.00 %
Assignment 2 - Week 6 Image and Audio Presentation 25.00 %
Mid-term Assignment 25.00 %
Assignment 1 - Week 3 Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Final Assignment 25.00 %
Assignment 3 - Week 8 Video Presentation 25.00 %
  • Required Course Textbook

The required text for this course is: This course does not utilize a course text.

  • 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.