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IRLS600 - Strategic Geography and Geopolitics

Course Details

Course Code: IRLS600 Course ID: 3470 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course of study examines the history of political, tactical and strategic developments and concepts regarding geopolitical concerns regarding political and military planning and execution from the mid-20th Century through the modern era. The comparative analysis of these concepts from the applicable secondary literature will provide a stepping stone to understanding the nature of modern combined arms and joint forces warfare.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 8 Week session
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

CO-1 Analyze theoretical approaches to geopolitics and key concepts of geostrategy in international relations and international political economy.

CO-2: Examine the effect of conflict, war, diplomatic relations, national energy policy, and ethnic/ cultural conflicts on geopolitical thought and strategy.

CO-3: Assess the utility of theories of land, sea, and air power in explaining contemporary security issues in the international system.

CO – 4 - Evaluate the 21st century geopolitical environment.

CO-5: Apply geopolitical strategic theory to issues of diplomacy, and international conflict and cooperation.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Discussion Forums – 30 percent

Discussion questions will be provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings and respond to the assigned topic(s). Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET and respond to two or more classmates by Sunday 11:55 pm ET. Forum posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, quality of peer responses, and the quality of original ideas.

Specialized project 20 percent

The project involves an analysis of US National Security Strategy from a geopolitical perspective. Length: Between 6-8 pp. Detailed instructions are available in the assignments folder.

Midterm Assignment—20 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of 2 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 highly encouraged, but not mandatory.

Final Assignment—30 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of 2 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 highly encouraged, but not mandatory.

NameGrade %
Forum Discussions 30.00 %
Week One 3.75 %
Week Two 3.75 %
Week Three 3.75 %
Week Four 3.75 %
Week Five 3.75 %
Week Six 3.75 %
Week Seven 3.75 %
Week Eight 3.75 %
Midterm Assignment 20.00 %
Midterm Assignment 20.00 %
Final Assignment 30.00 %
Final Assignment 30.00 %
Specialized project 20.00 %
Specialized project 20.00 %

Required Course Readings: All the course readings for this course are located in the resources "Reading List" folder.

Readings are available electronically within the classroom and are noted below on the Course Outline.

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.