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IRLS502 - International Political Systems

Course Details

Course Code: IRLS502 Course ID: 3560 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course examines how the international political system---the patterns of interaction among world political actors---has changed and how some of its fundamental characteristics have resisted change. Students will investigate how the global system works and how the process of globalization is remaking the political and economic world.





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
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 8 Week session
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

CO-1 Describe the assumptions that the main theories of international relations make about the nature of international political order, the main actors in the international system, and the interactions among them.

CO-2: Apply contending system-level theories of international politics to contemporary processes of integration and disintegration in the international system.

CO-3: Evaluate the influence of historical, cultural, ethnic, and economic forces on patterns of cooperation and conflict in the international system;

CO-4: Analyze how international institutions shape the interactions among and between states in the international system

CO-5 Assess the process of globalization and its impact upon patterns of international conflict, cooperation, and economic interactions in the international system.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Discussion Forums – 20 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.

Research Question, Purpose Statement, and Literature Review Exercise – 15 percent

The components of this assignment include a research question, a purpose statement, and a literature view of at least 6 sources, two of which must be peer-reviewed. The specific research question should relate to a general topic in the course. This assignment should not exceed five pages in length. Additional instructions can be found in the “assignments” section.

Research Paper – 35 percent

Building on your assignment in Week Two, the research paper should include approximately ten additional pages of analysis of your topic, not including the cover page, the reference list, and any appendices. The overall length of the final paper should be between 13-15 pages in length.

Final Assignment – 30 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of 4 questions, 2-3 pages each, to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory.

NameGrade %
Forum Discussions 25.00 %
Week Two 5.00 %
Week Three 5.00 %
Week Four 5.00 %
Week Five 5.00 %
Week Seven 5.00 %
Research Paper 45.00 %
Assignment 2: Research Paper 45.00 %
Prep Assignments 30.00 %
Journal Entry 15.00 %
Assignment 1: Research Proposal 15.00 %

Required Readings

  • External websites and other assigned readings are found in the Lessons area of the classroom, and in the weekly announcements.

  • Weekly Lesson Notes and videos or audio files are found in the Lessons area of the classroom.
Book Title:There are no required books for this course.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.