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MILH422 - History of Peacekeeping: 1988-Present

Course Details

Course Code: MILH422 Course ID: 3401 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course examines the strategy, operations, evolution, and functions of United Nations and regional peacekeeping operations (PKO) from the end of the Cold War to the present. Emphasis is on the significance of individual peacekeeping missions, including their background, functioning, military operations, and end result. While the United Nations peacekeeping operations are studied in detail, other forms of peacekeeping are presented as well.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
10/26/21 - 04/01/22 04/04/22 - 05/29/22 Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

CO-1: Elaborate on why peace-keeping missions are needed.

CO-2: Understand the impact of superpower rivalry in the evolution of peace-keeping missions.

CO-3: Distinguish between military observer missions and peace-keeping operations.

CO-4: Analyze the course the United Nations will take in the future.

CO-5: Examine the levels of conflict and other factors involved determining the need of peace-keeping operations.

CO-6: Expound upon the successes and difficulties of UN missions and peace-keeping operations.

CO-7: Assess the difference between peace enforcement and peace-keeping.

CO-8: Summarize the international repercussions that arise from peace-keeping operations.

CO-9: Discuss the civilian components of the United Nations

CO-10: Explain how geographic locations play a key role in peace-keeping operations.

As your instructor, I will determine your final grade for this course based on the following grading instruments:

Forum Postings are a critical component of all History and Military History classes. Studies indicate that students who participate in discussion boards increase their retention on the particular subjects by over 40 percent compared to only reading the text. The requirements for your forum postings revolve around you answering question(s) posted in the discussion board by your instructor with a substantial posting of 250words (minimum). During each forum your instructor will reply back to one of your postings, either your primary answer to the question or a comment that you made to another student. While composing your answer, use proper English. Do not use abbreviations or contractions. Before you post the answer, check your grammar; please note that the way you talk is not the way that you need to write your answer. Lastly, ensure that you do not have any spelling errors. It is often best to compose your posting in a word program and after you check it for grammar and spelling, copy it into the forum. If not posted by 11:59PM EST Friday Evening, you will not get an instructor question and this part of the Forum will be a zero (0).

Please note the due dates for your forum posts:

  • Your initial forum post is due by Friday night at midnight EST.
  • Your peer responses are due by Sunday night at midnight EST.

Your initial responses are due to me by Friday Evening.

Forum Participation is key to helping you gain a greater comprehension of the topics. As such, you must read at least three postings by your fellow students and responding to them with a substantial posting of 125 to 150 words. If you have a question for your fellow student in your response, you will note the question at the bottom of your posting separated by at least one line so that your fellow student can clearly see your question. It is your responsibility to check for comments made back to you by your fellow students and answer any of their questions. Your grade on forum participation is from your comments to your fellow students and the answers you provide to any questions that they have of you. English is important and your writing must be clear and free of errors.

Informal Research Proposal. You must submit this proposal outline

to the instructor by the end of Week Three for approval. Without approval, you cannot begin writing your project, and you cannot wait until the week before the project is due to turn in the proposal. Consequently, it is necessary to submit the proposal during Week Three.

Book Review

-Read the book you have selected and conduct an analysis and review that addresses the following;

-Use a Chicago Manual Style formatted title page that has the publication data for each work on the front along with standard Chicago Manual Style formatting.
- Place work in its historical context. Consider the author's own credentials and experience to when framing your review
- Identify and explain the author's thesis
- What points does the author present to support his thesis

- Page minimum, 3 pages – Maximum 6 pages (going over will cost you points)

- Title page is required – not included in page minimum

- Bibliography page is required – not included in a page minimum
- Formatting is required if any information is taken directly from the work. Chicago Manual Style is followed in the History Department.

NameGrade %
Forums 35.00 %
Week 1 4.38 %
Week 2 4.38 %
Week 3 4.38 %
Week 4 4.38 %
Week 5 4.38 %
Week 6 4.38 %
Week 7 4.38 %
Week 8 4.38 %
Research Paper 25.00 %
Research Paper 25.00 %
Power Point 10.00 %
Short Power Point 10.00 %
Final Assignment 15.00 %
Final Assignment 15.00 %
Paper Proposal 10.00 %
Paper Proposal 10.00 %
Forum Presentation of PowerPoint 5.00 %
Forum Presentation of PowerPoint 5.00 %

Additional Resources

  • The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003. Purchase Optional.
  • Turabian, Kate L. Manual for Writers of Term Papers, 6th Edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996. Purchase Optional.

Important Note: The History and Military History Programs requires conformity with the traditional citation method used by Historians. This is the University of Chicago Style Manual and its Turabian offshoot. Citations will follow traditional endnote attribution. Do not use parenthetical (APA / MLA) variations. Students in cannot use Wikipedia or encyclopedias (this includes online encyclopedias) as references for any form of assignment. You may use dictionaries for specific definitions when necessary.

Recommended References:

The APUS Online Library, in the Tutorial & Student Studies Center provides a link to the Chicago Style Manual – Online. If you are majoring in History or Military History, then it is highly recommended that you purchase a bound version of this style manual because you will need to be required to follow this citation manual in all of your History, Military History and Military Studies courses.

Microsoft Word (if you do not have MS Word, please save all files as a Rich Text Format (.rtf). NOTE - The classroom only supports .doc, .docx, and .rtf files. Please visit Adobe for a free copy of Adobe Reader.

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.