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Course Details

Course Code: IRLS600 Course ID: 3470 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course of study examines the history of political, tactical and strategic developments and concepts regarding geopolitical concerns regarding political and military planning and execution from the mid-20th Century through the modern era. The comparative analysis of these concepts from the applicable secondary literature will provide a stepping stone to understanding the nature of modern combined arms and joint forces warfare.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Start Month Session Weeks
04/26/2022 - 09/30/2022 10/03/2022 - 11/27/2022 October Fall 2022 Session B 8 Week session
06/28/2022 - 12/02/2022 12/05/2022 - 01/29/2023 December Fall 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

CO-1 Analyze theoretical approaches to geopolitics and key concepts of geostrategy in international relations and international political economy.

CO-2: Examine the effect of conflict, war, diplomatic relations, national energy policy, and ethnic/ cultural conflicts on geopolitical thought and strategy.

CO-3: Assess the utility of theories of land, sea, and air power in explaining contemporary security issues in the international system.

CO – 4 - Evaluate the 21st century geopolitical environment.

CO-5: Apply geopolitical strategic theory to issues of diplomacy, and international conflict and cooperation.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Discussion Forums – 30 percent

Posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings and respond to the assigned topic(s). Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET and respond to two or more classmates by Sunday 11:55 pm ET. Forum posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, quality of peer responses, and the quality of original ideas.

Specialized project 20 percent

The project involves an analysis of US National Security Strategy from a geopolitical perspective. Length: Between 6-8 pp. Detailed instructions are available in the assignments folder.

Midterm Assignment—20 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of 2 questions, 2-3 pages each, to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is highly encouraged, but not mandatory.

Final Assignment—30 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of 2 questions, 2-3 pages each, to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is highly encouraged, but not mandatory.

NameGrade %
Discussions 30.00 %
W1: Intros 6.00 %
W2: Geopolitical theory: Mahan 6.00 %
W3: Geopolitical theory: Mackinder 6.00 %
W5: Geopolitics and Strategy during the Cold War 6.00 %
W7: Geopolitics and Non-State Actors 6.00 %
Midterm Assignment 20.00 %
Midterm Assignment 20.00 %
Final Assignment 30.00 %
Final Assignment 30.00 %
Specialized project 20.00 %
Specialized project 20.00 %

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

CO-1 Analyze theoretical approaches to geopolitics and key concepts of geostrategy in international relations and international political economy.

CO-2: Examine the effect of conflict, war, diplomatic relations, national energy policy, and ethnic/ cultural conflicts on geopolitical thought and strategy.

CO-3: Assess the utility of theories of land, sea, and air power in explaining contemporary security issues in the international system.

CO – 4 - Evaluate the 21st century geopolitical environment.

CO-5: Apply geopolitical strategic theory to issues of diplomacy, and international conflict and cooperation.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
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Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.