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Course Details

Course Code: IRLS504 Course ID: 3558 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This seminar allows the student to research some of the primary theoretical perspectives and analytical approaches for studying international political economy. The course includes a survey of contemporary literature, with special emphasis on theory, the phenomenon of globalization, an exploration of trade relations, international finance, transnational corporations, economic development, North vs. South conflict, and global inequality. We will also examine how to critically evaluate research and set up a research project.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

CO-1: Describe the nature of the international economy beginning with the Bretton Woods post-war framework.

CO-2: Apply theories of IPE and globalization on various regions of the world, addressing the key distinctions between developed and developing economies.

CO-3: Apply the major theoretical perspectives on possible causes and solutions to the North versus South divide.

CO-4: Analyze the impact of TNCs and IGOs in the global economy.

CO-5: Assess the consequences of the rise of international trade and finance in the modern global economy.

The course grade is based on the following assessments.

Discussion Forums – 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.

Research Question, Purpose Statement, and Literature Review Exercise – 10 percent

The components of this assignment include a research question, a purpose statement, and a literature view of at least 6 sources, at least four of which must be peer-reviewed. The specific research question should relate to a general topic in the course.

Research Paper – 35 percent

The research paper should be 8 pages of analysis of your topic, not including the cover page, the reference list, and any appendices.

Final Assignment – 30 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment that will test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory. 8 pages in length, not including cover page and reference list.

NameGrade %
Forum Discussions 25.00 %
Week One 3.13 %
Week Two 3.13 %
Week Three 3.13 %
Week Four 3.13 %
Week Five 3.13 %
Week Six 3.13 %
Week Seven 3.13 %
Week Eight 3.13 %
Research Question 10.00 %
Week 2: Research Question, Purpose Statement 10.00 %
Research Paper 35.00 %
Week 6: Research Paper 35.00 %
Final Assignment 30.00 %
Week 8: Final Paper Assignment 30.00 %

Required Course Textbook.

There are no required texts for this course are.

Required Readings

· External websites and other assigned readings are found in the Lessons area of the classroom.

· Weekly Lesson Notes and/or 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.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.