Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
Department of International Relations and European Studies

Code Name Level Year Semester
IRES 103 Introduction to Political Science Undergraduate 1 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 5 2 + 1 106 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Dževada Šuško, Assist. Prof. Dr. Assist. Prof. dr. Dževada Šuško - -, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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This course examines the concepts and methodology of Political Science as well as the various fields of the discipline including political philosophy and the origins of our political values, comparative politics and international politics. Students analyze political ideas, theories, ideologies, systems and policies in order to focus on and investigate political problems on a national and global level as well as define central concepts related to the study of political science.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
define the basic terminologies and central concepts of Political Science;
trace the evolution of political thoughts from several classic philosophers to contemporary political science ideologies and philosophies;
explain the role of political culture;
explore the research methods and tools of political science research;
evaluate the significance and influence/impact of non-governmental dimensions of political systems such as public opinion, interest groups, political parties and the media;
analyze the basic elements of the political systems of the modern constitutional democracies, modern post communist states, authoritarian states and developing nations;
explain why democracy is so difficult to establish and maintain;
identify the various forms and functions of modern governments including representative assemblies, executives and administrative bureaucracies.
explain the role of a Constitution in a government;
evaluate the goals and techniques of foreign policy and international politics since World War II;
analyze the role of globalization, terrorism, international and regional governments in the 21st Century; and
debate the reasons for the conflict and compromises that occur within and among nations and governments.

  1. Differentiation between Politics and Political Science
  2. Theories
  3. Political Ideologies
  4. States
  5. Constitutions & Rights
  6. Regimes
  7. Political Culture & Public Opinion
  8. Midterm
  9. Political Communication & Interest groups

  1. Legislatures
  2. Executives & Bureaucracies
  3. Judiciaries
  4. Violence and Revolution
  5. International Relations
  6. Visit to the Parliament of B&H

  1. case study: Constitution of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  2. Political system of B&H
  3. Elections (Spain, Switzerland, Poland)
  4. Watch movie \"Die Welle\"

  • Interactive Lectures
  • Practical Sessions
  • Discussions and group work
  • Field trips
  • Student debates
  • Assignments
  • Case Studies
  • Use of educational films
Description (%)
Method Quantity Percentage (%)
Midterm Exam(s)115
Term Paper115
Final Exam130
Total: 100
Learning outcomes
  • explain the meaning of “state”, “nation”, \"politics\" and \"power\"
  • explain main political theories and ideologies
  • explain interrelatedness od leigitimacy, authority and soverignty
  • explain purpose of legislatures, executive, judiciary
  • list features of democracy, authoritarianism and totalitarianism
  • evaluate political culture
  • demonstrate impact of media
  • introduce to International Relations and Comparative Political Systems
  • Roskin, Michael et al. Political Science. An Introduction. Boston et al.: Pearson, 2014.

ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)14342
Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)14114
Midterm Examination (1 week)122
Final Examination(1 week)122
Preparation for Midterm Examination111
Preparation for Final Examination111
Assignment / Homework/ Project14342
Seminar / Presentation122
Total Workload: 106
ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 4