5:30-8:20 pm Tuesday
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POLS 5333 is a graduate lecture course on the history, theories, sources, and enforcement of international law. Topics to be covered include treaties and customary international law; the significance of states and institutions; international dispute resolution; international law and the United States; immunity and the act of state doctrine; the allocation of legal authority among states; international human rights; the use of force and arms control; the law of the sea; the law of airspace, aviation, and outer space; and, international environmental law.
The primary goal of this course is for each student to become better informed about, more interested in, and more aware of the role law plays in international relations. The course seeks to demonstrate to students the important relationship between international law and politics within the existing world system.
The two midterm and the final examinations consist of a series of short answer, essay questions. The second exam tests only the material covered since the first exam. The final exam tests only the material covered since the second exam.
The term paper assignment requires students, in consultation with the instructor, to select a relevant topic for research.
In order to pass this class, a student must participate. Participation means coming to and preparing for class. Particular diligence needs to be paid to preparation of case briefs.
The term paper must be properly referenced (APA or MLA style), twenty-five to thirty pages in length, typed, and double spaced. The instructor requests each student to prepare a brief prospectus and meet with him in an individual conference before finalizing a paper topic. All conferences must be held by September 21, 2010. The specific due date for the paper is November 30, 2010.
Make-up exams will only be given, and late papers accepted, once an appropriate, written excuse has been presented to the instructor.
Attendance will be checked by signature sheet.