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LSTD507 - International Law

Course Details

Course Code: LSTD507 Course ID: 2581 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

The course is designed to introduce students to the concepts and sources of international law that evaluate the various components, processes, and functions of the international legal process and consider how international law impacts the laws within the United States. Additionally, the current state of the international legal order is reviewed with legal opinions regarding major philosophies, components and current practices and problems of the field of international law.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/27/19 - 11/01/19 11/04/19 - 12/29/19 Fall 2019 Session I 8 Week session
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

LO1. Analyze the influences that affected the development of international law and their significance;

LO2. Demonstrate knowledge of the evolution and structure of the international system;

LO3. Evaluate and appraise the role of legal regimes within the international system;

LO4. Extrapolate an awareness of the economic, political, social, and strategic implications of state sovereignty;

LO5. Interpret the changing nature of the international law and the emerging actors that operate within the global legal system; and

LO6. Examine specific cases of international law in a range of issue areas.

The grading will be based on forums, assignments, and midterm and final examinations.

1. Forums and Assignments: There will be six forums, a short paper, and a research paper. The assignments are selected to provide the student with hands on experience in applying the law and theories being discussed.

2. Research Paper: Each student will prepare and submit a 10-page research paper on a topic of international law, of their choice, with instructor approval. Students will select the topic by the end of Week 1 and turn in the paper by the end of Week 8.

For the research paper students will be graded using a Rubric. This will help with understanding what constitutes the grade assigned to each paper.

3. Exam: The Week 4 exam will be open sources and untimed and will cover selected sections of the assigned readings and will also require additional research.

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

NameGrade %
Forums 70.00 %
Week 1 Forum 10.00 %
Week 2 Forum 10.00 %
Week 3 Forum 10.00 %
Week 4 Forum 10.00 %
Week 5 Forum 10.00 %
Week 6 Forum 10.00 %
Week 7 Forum 10.00 %
Research Paper 25.00 %
Week 8 - Research Papers Due 25.00 %
Assignment 4.00 %
Week 5 WTO Paper 4.00 %
Introduction 1.00 %
Introduction 1.00 %

Required Course Textbooks

There is no required textbook for this class. Instead, there are assigned readings in the Resources sections under Readings. You are also expected to conduct research in the APUS library and online.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.