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Course Details

Course Code: LSTD401 Course ID: 4140 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is a study of the primary international and domestic laws governing navigation, naval operations, and maritime law enforcement. Students will study various aspects of the international law of the sea, maritime jurisdiction, and other laws and treaties dealing with such topics as maritime safety and security, drug trafficking, fisheries management, marine environmental protection, and piracy.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
09/28/20 - 02/26/21 03/01/21 - 04/25/21 Winter 2021 Session D 8 Week session
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After completing this course the Student will be able to:

  • Analyze numerous substantive legal issues related to maritime law.

  • Recount various international conventions relating to maritime safety and pollution.

  • Differentiate between proper jurisdictional venues for assorted maritime actions.

  • Identify legal issues and limitations related to a ship owner’s liability and cargo claims.

  • Examine various forms of compensation available to seamen, other maritime workers and passengers.

There will be six weekly forums based on the readings. You are also required to submit two written case briefs and two papers for your course assignments. The instructions can be found in those sections of the course.

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 this 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.

NameGrade %
Forums 30.00 %
Week 1 Forum 5.00 %
Week 2 Forum 5.00 %
Week 3 Forum 5.00 %
Week 5 Forum 5.00 %
Week 6 Forum 5.00 %
Week 7 Forum 5.00 %
Case Briefs 20.00 %
US v. Conroy 10.00 %
Stewart v. Dutra 10.00 %
Papers 50.00 %
Human Rights Video Assignment 25.00 %
White Paper 25.00 %

Required: United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982):

Commander's Handbook on the Law of Naval Operations (NWIP 1-14M):

Admiralty and Maritime Law by Robert Force (Federal Judicial Center, 2004):

These texts are available through the Lessons Link in the classroom and by using the link above. They are also available in the APUS Research Database. Please report any issues to

Web Sites: In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful.

Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well.

Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Web Site URL/Address

Oceans and Law of the Sea

National Maritime Center

Compilation of Maritime Laws

Book Title:International Maritime Security Law - e-book available in the APUS Online Library; please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author:Kraska, James
Unit Cost:$281.00
Book Title:Bluebook: Uniform System of Citation, 20th ed. - - e-book available online, please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Publication Info:Harvard, Columbia Law Review
Author:Harvard, Columbia Law Review
Unit Cost:$41.30

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.