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IRLS402 - International Law and Regimes

Course Details

Course Code: IRLS402 Course ID: 4590 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course focuses on the role that international law and international regimes play in global governance. Students will examine the international legal framework that governs state relations, including international organizations and norms, ordering principles, treaties and international regimes.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

  1. Describe the origin, structure and role of regimes in international relations
  2. Explain the sources of international legal norms and strategies for securing international compliance
  3. Apply international legal norms within international relations
  4. Evaluate the arguments for the creation and diffusion of international norms
  5. Analyze the way in which international regimes shape and are shaped by international relations

Forum discussions – 25 percent

Each week, a discussion question is provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings. Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET and respond to 2 or more classmates by Sunday 11:55 pm ET. Forum posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.

Midterm assignment - 20 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of 2 questions. Each answer will be 2-3 pages in length (double-spaced, 12pt font). The questions are designed to test your knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory. The assignment will be available in the “Assignments” folder.

Multimedia Assessment - 35 percent

This assignment is a multi-media video project that allows student to simulate testimony to a U.N. agency.

Final assignment – 20 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of 2 questions. Each answer will be 2-3 pages in length (double-spaced, 12pt font). The questions are designed to test your knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory. The assignment will be available in the “Assignments” folder.

NameGrade %
Forums 25.00 %
Forum 1 3.13 %
Forum 2 3.13 %
Forum 3 3.13 %
Forum 4 3.13 %
Forum 5 3.13 %
Forum 6 3.13 %
Forum 7 3.13 %
Forum 8 3.13 %
Assessments 40.00 %
White Paper 20.00 %
Final Assessment 20.00 %
Project 35.00 %
MultiMedia Assessment 35.00 %
  • External websites and other assigned reading found in the Lessons area of the classroom.

  • Weekly Lesson Notes and videos or audio files are found in the Lessons area of the classroom.
Book Title:International Law: Contemporary Issues and Future Developments - e-book available in the APUS Online Library. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
ISBN:9780813344713
Author:Silverburg
Unit Cost:$65.47
Book Title:All Politics Is Global - e-book is available in the APUS Online Library. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
ISBN:9780691096421
Author:Drezner
Unit Cost:$29.75
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.