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Course Code: LSTD306 Course ID: 3747 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course introduces students to the nature, development, principles, and processes of the law that applies among nations. Students will evaluate the various implications of state sovereignty as viewed through the prism of public international law. Specific topics include the sources of international law such as custom and treaty, the role of international organizations such as the United Nations, the bases of international jurisdiction, and international norms governing recognition, nationality, the global environment, protection of human rights, and the use of force. This course introduces the student to the basic principles and practices of international law and legal regimes and examines traditional and emerging topics in the field: human rights, the Law of the Sea, the Law of Armed Conflict, War Crime Tribunals, and the International Criminal Court.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Start Month Session Weeks
04/26/2021 - 10/01/2021 10/04/2021 - 11/28/2021 October Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session
07/27/2021 - 12/31/2021 01/03/2022 - 02/27/2022 January Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able meet the following learning objectives:

  • Describe the nature, development, and sources of international law
  • Evaluate the legal, economic, political, social, and strategic implications of state sovereignty
  • Recognize the meaning and significance of nationality
  • Apply the principles of international jurisdiction in a variety of factual contexts
  • Identify the legal principles of maritime jurisdiction, boundaries, and navigational regimes.
  • Explain the legal principles governing the resort to armed force and the conduct of states and individuals during armed conflict
  • Summarize the role and limitations of international law in protecting the global environment
  • Articulate the significance of the emergence of the individual as a subject of international law
  • Critique the development of the concept of international criminal responsibility
  • Analyze contemporary global events utilizing international law as a background

The grading will be based on seven graded forum assignments, a research paper, as well as an open book midterm and final examination.

1. Assignments & Forum Participation: There will be various forums and a research assignment during the course. They are selected to provide the student with hands on experience in applying the law and theories being discussed.

Questions and topics posed in the Forums are designed to promote thought and insight. Students must provide a critical review of the questions, topics and issues posed and substantively reply to the contributions of at least three peers. Individual postings should include a full discussion of the content of the question posed and explain how it relates to the concepts in the weekly text readings and other resources. The postings should be analytic in nature and include comparisons/contrasts, and examples that can bolster your point. The Forum is for your benefit and it is important to respond to the discussion topic and to engage others in a running dialogue.

Your initial post should be made by Thursday each week. You should then respond to 3 or more posts. Note that at least one response to your classmates must be made before Sunday. If you make all of your responsive posts on Sunday, you will not earn full points for timeliness.

This can be accomplished by

· Validating with additional evidence from the literature.

· Posing a thoughtful question with commentary which generates further discussion.

· Providing an alternative point-of-view, with evidence and examples.

· Offering additional insight into how the concept might be understood, with evidence provided with real world examples.

You should be active in the classroom throughout the week and actively engaged in the back-and-forth discussion between your colleagues and the professor.

The forum grading rubric can be found in gradebook by clicking on the forum entry.

Please see the Forums tab and Assignments tab for more information.

2. Exams: The midterm and final exams will be taken open book. The exams will be posted in the electronic classroom under "Tests and Quizzes” during the week in which they are due. These examinations will cover selected sections of the textbook and assigned reading. They will consist of True/False, multiple choice, fill in the blank, and essays.

3. Grades: See Syllabus link in the classroom. Under “APUS Policies,” click on “Grading Policy” for detailed information.

NameGrade %
Introductory Forum 1.00 %
Introduction 1.00 %
Forums 19.00 %
Week 1 3.17 %
Week 2 3.17 %
Week 3 3.17 %
Week 5 3.17 %
Week 6 3.17 %
Week 7 3.17 %
Exams 60.00 %
Midterm 30.00 %
Final 30.00 %
Research Paper 20.00 %
Research Paper 20.00 %

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able meet the following learning objectives:

  • Describe the nature, development, and sources of international law
  • Evaluate the legal, economic, political, social, and strategic implications of state sovereignty
  • Recognize the meaning and significance of nationality
  • Apply the principles of international jurisdiction in a variety of factual contexts
  • Identify the legal principles of maritime jurisdiction, boundaries, and navigational regimes.
  • Explain the legal principles governing the resort to armed force and the conduct of states and individuals during armed conflict
  • Summarize the role and limitations of international law in protecting the global environment
  • Articulate the significance of the emergence of the individual as a subject of international law
  • Critique the development of the concept of international criminal responsibility
  • Analyze contemporary global events utilizing international law as a background
Book Title:Public International Law in a Nutshell, 5th ed. - e-book available in the APUS Online Library; Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
ISBN:9780314279965
Publication Info:West Academic Lib
Author:Buergenthal, Thomas
Unit Cost:$35.12
 
Book Title:Bluebook: Uniform System of Citation, 21st Ed - Style guide information available online, please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
ISBN:9780578666150
Publication Info:Harvard, Columbia Law Review
Author:Harvard, Columbia Law Review
Unit Cost:$56.25
 

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.