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

Code Name Level Year Semester
IRES 105 History of World Politics Undergraduate 1 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 4 2 + 1 0 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Ešref Kenan Rašidagić, Assoc. Prof. Dr. prof.dr. Ešref Kenan Rašidagić Ešref Kenan Rašidagić, Assoc. Prof. Dr.
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The course will provide brief overview of selected important events, occurrences and developments that decisively influenced the political history of the world. Using this approach, the course will follow the historical timeline of events, highlighting the following important elements: causes that contributed to emergence of certain development; key players and the roles they played; the influences of developments on contemporary spatial and time setting; legacy of individual developments and their role in shaping the subsequent political developments and the history of the world civilizations in general.

  1. Introduction to history of the world
  2. Cradle of civilizations: Mesopotamia, Sumer. Invention of writing; alphabet. Birth of city states and modern social and administrative structures. Greek civilization: source of Western intellectual heritage. Impact on political philosophy, politics, social structure of the modern world. Roman Empire: importance of laws. Creation of powerful standing army and its role in projection of power and securing the state.
  3. Emergence of Christianity in the Western World. Imperial overstretch: limits of war-driven expansion. Lessons for the rise and fall of the empires. Division of empire and consequences for the history of the world
  4. Middle Ages: Europe following the demise of the Rome; Dark Ages Rise of the Islamic Empire: spread of the new religion and encounters with Christianity; conquest of Iberian peninsula, southern Italy. Limits of conquest: Siege of Constantinople; Battle of Poitiers. Importance of these setbacks for later history.
  5. Late Middle Ages in Europe: role of the Catholic church; Inquisition. The Age of Crusades: encounters with the Muslims. Birth of modern universities. Renaissance and its importance in strengthening the Western World.
  6. Appearance of the Ottoman Empire on the world scene: political developments on the fringes of the Empire; Balkans; Persia; North Africa.
  7. Mid term
  8. Birth of Nation State – demise of religion in politics: Treaty of Westphalia. The Age of Revolutions in Europe and their legacy. French Revolution and the birth of modern socio-political thought. Napoleon: rise and defeat. The American War of Independence: its importance for the future; links with the Revolution in France

  1. Colonization and redrawing of the political map of the world. Role of European powers. Consequences for the colonized people in Africa and Asia: demise of civilizations, social fractures, economic prospects.
  2. World War One: causes and effects. Bolshevik Revolution in Russia and emergence of Communism, interwar period
  3. World War Two: causes and effects. Emergence of ideological divide. Rise of superpowers
  4. Cold War. Proxy wars: Indochina, Africa. Role of China.
  5. Post-cold war era: What New World Order?
  6. Presentations of Term Papers and wrap up session
  7. Final exam


    • Interactive Lectures
    • Presentation
    • Discussions and group work
    • Student debates
    • Assignments
    • Case Studies
    • Use of educational films
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)125
    Term Paper125
    Final Exam140
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • The Course aims to enable students to understand the course of events that shaped the history of the world and created the civilization as we know it today. Students will be able to grasp the importance of individual keystone developments in the political history of the world. Also, the students will be able to understand the mechanisms that contributed to particular developments, as well as the role of key individuals, natural occurrences, preceding events, great thinkers and ideas they developed.
    • students will be able to visualize the timeline of important events in the world political history, explain their importance for the contemporary and subsequent history, as well as to demonstrate their mutual dependence and causality of those events in local, regional and international settings
    • Steven L. Spiegel & Fred L. Wehling, World Politics in a New Era (Fortworth, TX: 2nd ed., Harcourt Brace College Publishers

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week) 0
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week) 0
    Midterm Examination (1 week) 0
    Final Examination(1 week) 0
    Preparation for Midterm Examination 0
    Preparation for Final Examination 0
    Assignment / Homework/ Project 0
    Seminar / Presentation 0
    Total Workload: 0
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 0