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 6 2 + 1 74 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Samira Nuhović-Ribić, Expert Samira Nuhanovic Ribic, PhD Samira Nuhović-Ribić, Expert
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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 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
trace the evolution of political thoughts from several classic
philosophers to contemporary political science ideologies and
explain the role of political culture, public opinion and political
understand and apply 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
explain the role of a Constitution in a government;
analyze the role of globalization, terrorism, international and
regional governments in the 21st Century; and
understand the global system and relations between state and
non-state actors within it.

  1. Differentiation between Politics and Political Science
  2. Theories
  3. Political Ideologies
  4. States

  1. Constitutions & Rights
  2. Regimes
  3. Political Culture & Public Opinion
  4. Midterm
  5. Political Communication & Interest groups
  6. Political parties, party systems and elections
  7. Legislatures, Executives & Bureaucracies
  8. Judiciaries
  9. Branches of Political Science
  10. The Global System: international systems and models
  11. Research paper presentations

  1. case study: analyse your country\'s constitution
  2. movies and video materials: \"After Democracy\"; \"Political Communication\"; \"Priceless\"

  • Interactive Lectures
  • Practical Sessions
  • Discussions and group work
  • Student debates
  • Assignments
  • Case Studies
  • Use of educational films
Description (%)
Method Quantity Percentage (%)
Midterm Exam(s)120
Term Paper115
Class Deliverables15
Final Exam140
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; understand the difference between political culture and public opinion; analyse various tools of political communication
  • evaluate and analyse the role of interest groups and political parties in political systems
  • understand the functioning of the global system and its various models.
  • 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/ Project11010
Seminar / Presentation122
Total Workload: 74
ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 3