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IRLS655 - Latin American Security Issues

Course Details

Course Code: IRLS655 Course ID: 3489 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

Latin America continues as one of the most important areas to the United States -- even as it remains one of the least understood. In particular, the internal dimension of security has not yet been resolved in many Latin American nations to the extent that domestic stability can be taken for granted, a reality which could have profound consequences for the United States.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

CO-1: Differentiate the core security issues and their implications for understanding Latin America, from competing perspectives.

CO-2: Analyze the relationship of ruling parties and political ideology of the nations of Latin America.

CO-3: Assess the drug wars and security environment throughout Latin America.

CO-4: Evaluate the role of the United States within Latin America.

CO-5: Analyze the changing strategic environment and non-state actors in Latin America.

Announcements: Students are required to read the weekly announcements.

Grades: Grades for this course will be based upon three grading instruments; virtual discussions, a mid-term exam, and a final exam. There are six weekly discussion questions that are provided in the Forum. Each student will engage other students in a virtual exchange. The two exams will be composed of short answer questions and integrative essays.


For each discussion topic, you are to post a thorough response to the questions posed, being sure to include examples drawn from the text, readings, and powerpoint notes. Your response to your colleagues’ posts must be thoughtful, indicate you thoroughly read their post, and offer new insight in response to something specific he/she said. Your responses MUST bring something new to the discussion.

CITATION AND REFERENCE STYLE: For all course in the School of Security and Global Studies, we use Turabian/Chicago style for our citations.


Students are expected to submit classroom assignments by the posted due date and to complete the course according to the published class schedule. Consideration MAY be given for extenuating circumstances, provided the student contact the professor AHEAD of time. One point for each day the assignment is late will be deducted from your grade for the assignment

NameGrade %
Forums 30.00 %
Forum Week 1 - Forum Question 3.75 %
Forum Week 2 - Forum Question 3.75 %
Forum Week 3 - Forum Question 3.75 %
Forum Week 4 - Forum Question 3.75 %
Forum Week 5 - Forum Question 3.75 %
Forum Week 6 - Forum Question 3.75 %
Forum Week 7 - Forum Question 3.75 %
Forum Week 8 - Forum Question 3.75 %
progress assignment 30.00 %
Assignment 2-Week 6 15.00 %
Assignment 1-Week 4 15.00 %
Final Assignment 40.00 %
Final Assessment-week 8 40.00 %

1. Latin American Security Challenges, A Collaborative Inquiry from North and South, Naval War College, Newport Papers 21,

2. The World Factbook, Central Intelligence Agency,

3. Articles, journals, print & media reports, and documentaries assigned throughout the course. The articles will be identified in the Course Outline below and in the Weekly Overviews in the classroom Packets.

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.