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Course Details

Course Code: IRLS611 Course ID: 3562 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

The course will consider the rationalist approach to conflict analysis, along with other theoretical approaches to international relations theory. It will examine the generic nature of conflict, whether between individuals or nations. It also directly addresses international conflict, its origins, discernible patterns, routine components, range of outcomes, and modes of conflict prevention or amelioration. Conflict resolution theory will be applied to various cases of contemporary conflict among nations. Students will develop a thorough awareness of the origins of conflict, various approaches to conflict analysis and resolution, as well as strategies for conflict prevention.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

CO-1: Analyze the primary theories of conflict resolution.

CO-2: Analyze the impact of culture and historical divides on an understanding of conflict.

CO-3: Assess distinct approaches to conflict resolution and mediation.

CO-4: Evaluate the role of the United Nations, regional organizations, nation-states, and individuals in conflict resolution.

CO-5: Identify obstacles to conflict resolution and propose alternative strategies to overcome such barriers.

CO-6: Apply knowledge skill sets in a simulation exercise or case study.

These course objectives harmonize with the Degree Program Objectives, which require graduates to:

  • Construct and criticize the theory and politics of conflict, war, diplomatic relations, and the evolving nature of the international system.
  • Provide students with a research-active teaching environment to provide grounding in the study of international relations including its political, social, and economic aspects.
  • Assess how state, non-state, and supra-national actors behave and interact through a dynamic appreciation of different levels of analysis.
  • Critique the theories of international relations, the heritage and development of the discipline, its major debates, its inherent nature as an interdisciplinary study, and a critical appreciation of the essentially contested nature of politics in general, and international relations in particular.
  • Evaluate the nature and distribution of power in the international systems, the problems of political order and the social economic, historical and cultural context within which international actors operate.
  • Assess the current challenges to international order, cooperation, identity, social formations, and global issues, and possible strategies to address them.
  • Evaluate the changing role of the state in the context of globalization and regional integration and the implications for international peace and security.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Discussion Forums – 30 percent

Discussion questions will be provided and 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, and the quality of original ideas.

Research Proposal – 15 percent

For this assignment, you will fill out a research grant proposal on the research topic as if you were applying for funding. For this class the topic has been assigned; however, for the purposes of this simulation you will act as if you chose it yourself. You will also act as if you are traveling to the conflict area to do field research.

Simulation and Case Study Presentation (Final Assignment) – 20 percent

The course will conclude with a virtual simulation that allows the class to apply concepts and theories covered in the course. Students will be graded on their participation in the exercise and video presentation.

Research Paper -35 percent

For this assignment you will write a 7 -9 page paper applying theories of conflict and what you have learned about identifying obstacles to conflict resolution and proposing alternative strategies to overcome such barriers to conflict in the Central African Republic. Use must support your argument with research, logic and statistical support.

NameGrade %
Research Proposal 15.00 %
Research Paper Proposal 15.00 %
Forums 30.00 %
Forum 1 3.75 %
Forum 2 3.75 %
Forum 3 3.75 %
Forum 4 3.75 %
Forum 5 3.75 %
Forum 6 3.75 %
Forum 7 3.75 %
Forum 8 3.75 %
Research Paper 35.00 %
Research Paper 35.00 %
Simulation Presentation 20.00 %
Simulation Video 20.00 %
Book Title: Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
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Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.