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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
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
07/27/20 - 01/01/21 01/04/21 - 02/28/21 Winter 2021 Session B 8 Week session
09/28/20 - 02/26/21 03/01/21 - 04/25/21 Winter 2021 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.

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 Wednesday 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.

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 %
Introduction 1.00 %
Introduction 1.00 %
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 %
Assignment 4.00 %
Week 5 WTO Paper 4.00 %
Research Paper 25.00 %
Week 8 - Research Papers Due 25.00 %

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. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.