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IRLS200 - Information Literacy and Global Citizenship

Course Details

Course Code: IRLS200 Course ID: 4669 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

Information Literacy and Global Citizenship builds students’ information literacy skills in the international relations/global studies context. Students analyze scholarly sources in the discipline, identifying the types of issues and questions scholars pursue, the discursive conventions they employ, and their methods of engaging in dialogue with and citing sources. After identifying their own discipline specific research question, students select and use appropriate research tools, developing complex search strategies that help them to find relevant scholarly information on their topics. They evaluate sources and information to determine their authority, reliability, timeliness as well as the quality and underlying assumptions of the arguments presented. They synthesize the information they’ve found with their own ideas, effectively integrating source material into their papers and citing that material appropriately. Finally, the course asks students to reflect upon the ways in which the information literacy skills they’ve acquired provide a foundation for both global citizenship and lifelong learning. NOTE: Students may not earn credit for both IRLS200 and previous course IRLS303.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/26/22 - 09/30/22 10/03/22 - 11/27/22 Fall 2022 Session B 8 Week session
05/21/22 - 11/04/22 11/07/22 - 01/01/23 Fall 2022 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/22 - 12/02/22 12/05/22 - 01/29/23 Fall 2022 Session D 8 Week session
07/25/22 - 12/30/22 01/02/23 - 02/26/23 Winter 2023 Session B 8 Week session
08/29/22 - 02/03/23 02/06/23 - 04/02/23 Winter 2023 Session I 8 Week session
09/26/22 - 03/03/23 03/06/23 - 04/30/23 Winter 2023 Session D 8 Week session
12/26/22 - 06/02/23 06/05/23 - 07/30/23 Spring 2023 Session D 8 Week session
01/30/23 - 06/30/23 07/03/23 - 08/27/23 Summer 2023 Session B 8 Week session
02/27/23 - 08/04/23 08/07/23 - 10/01/23 Summer 2023 Session I 8 Week session
03/27/23 - 09/01/23 09/04/23 - 10/29/23 Summer 2023 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

CO1:Deconstruct current research on global citizenship
CO2: Differentiate between scholarly and popular sources that focus on global studies.
CO3: Examine sources and information to determine their authority, reliability, timeliness.
CO4: Use appropriate research tools to find relevant scholarly information
CO5: Clarify the ways that information literacy provides a foundation for both global citizenship and lifelong learning.

Forum discussions – 15 percent

There is an ungraded Week 1 introduction post.

For Weeks 3, 4, 5, and 7, 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.

For Weeks 2 and 8, optional forums are provided for discussing paper topics.

Week 2 Assignment: Topic Selection - 15 percent

Selecting a topic to research further. Topics must meet the following requirements:

  1. They must be mentioned in our text.
  2. They must be global in impact/scope.
  3. They must be addressable within an IR/global studies framework.
  4. They must be researchable. That is, you must be able to find scholarly articles and books in our online library about the topic.
  5. They must lend themselves to the formulation of a research question about which reasonable people disagree.

Week 5 Assignment: Researching Reputable Sources- 20 percent

Identifying reputable sources that answer the five claims noted in the Week 5 Assignment Sheet.

Week 6 Assignment: Choosing Sources for the Final Paper- 20 percent

This assignment lets you pick the sources for your final paper.

Week 8 Assignment: Final Research Project – 30 percent

The Final Research Project is not a traditional research paper; rather it is a culminating assignment that is part revision, part extension, part reflection. In other words, it asks you to revise and expand upon material you previously submitted. It also gives you the opportunity to become more sophisticated in your use of sources.

NameGrade %
Discussions 15.00 %
W3: Global Citizenship and Information Literacy 5.00 %
W4: Scholarly vs. popular sources vs. research institutes 5.00 %
W7: Human Rights Conflict and Peace 5.00 %
Topic Selection Assignment 15.00 %
Topic Selection Assignment 15.00 %
Progress Assignments 40.00 %
Week 5 Assignment 20.00 %
Week 6 Assignment 20.00 %
Final Assignment 30.00 %
Final Assignment 30.00 %
  • Required Course Textbook

The required text for this course is:

Campbell, Patricia J., Aran MacKinnon, and Christy Stevens. 2010. An introduction to global studies. London: Wiley Blackwell.

  • 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: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.