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

Code Name Level Year Semester
IRES 114 Foundations of International Relations Undergraduate 1 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 6 2 + 1 0 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Ešref Kenan Rašidagić, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dr. Ešref Kenan Rašidagić, Associate Professor Ešref Kenan Rašidagić, Assoc. Prof. Dr.
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Introductory course to the field of international relations.

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the field of international relations. The course will introduce students to key theories, concepts and ideas in contemporary international relations. Additionally, the course aims to train students to think critically about contemporary events and trends in international politics.

  1. Introduction to the course. Introduction to key concepts and terminology of international relations. Brown, 1-19
  2. Historical development of key actors of international relations; factors influencing relations between actors in international relations. Brown, 1-19; Baylis, 50-64, 326-345
  3. Types of international relations: multiplolarity, bipolarity, unipolarity. Mingst, 18-70
  4. Theories of international relations. Brown, 19-63; Stephen M. Walt, “One World, Many Theories”; Jack Snyder, “One World, Rival Theories”
  5. Instruments of state: Diplomacy, military, economics, propaganda. Mingst, 130-153; Brown, 80-116.
  6. Foreign policy decision making. Mingst, 155-162
  7. International Political Economy. Presentation of Critical Article Reviews. Jackson, 159-175
  9. Hegemony, Unipolarity, Multipolarity. Brown, 232-255
  10. Frozen Conflicts. King “The Benefits of Ethnic War: Understanding Eurasia\\
  11. Failed states and emergence of new actors in international relations: substate groups. Rotberg, “Failed States, Collapsed States, Weak States: Causes and Indicators”;
  12. Humanitarian intervention in world politics. Baylis, 510-527
  13. Return of the old powers: Russia, Germany, Turkey, China. Deadline for submission of term papers. Baylis, 66-83
  14. Transnational issues and new challenges to world order and security: terrorism, the environment, health, transnational crime. Mingst, 384-428; Baylis, 364-380
  15. Wrap-up week. Presentation of term papers


    • Interactive Lectures
    • Practical Sessions
    • Presentation
    • Discussions and group work
    • Student debates
    • Assignments
    • Case Studies
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)125
    Term Paper120
    Final Exam140
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • Understand major concepts of international relations, including: power, the international community, the international system, conflict, conflict resolution, reconstruction, cooperation, integration, globalization;
    • Understand and critically evaluate the key theories of international relations, including realism, liberalism, and Marxism
    • Identify the key actors in international relations: states, international governmental and non-governmental organizations, transnational corporations, transnational religious organizations, individuals, etc
    • Demonstrate a knowledge of the key dimensions, events and processes of international relations within their historic context
    • Become aware of the multi-disciplinary nature of international relations by establishing connections with the disciplines that have shaped and continue to influence international relations: politics, economics, society, culture, history, language, race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality
    • Chris Brown and Kirsten Ainley, Understanding International Relations, 2005
    • Robert Jackson and Georg Sorensen, Introduction to International Relations, 2009
    • Karen Mingst, Ivan Arreguin-Toft, Essentials of International Relations, 2014
    • John Baylis, Steve Smith and Patricia Owens, The Globalization of World Politics, 2014
    • Stephen M. Walt, \\\"One World, Many Theories,\\\" Foreign Policy, Spring 1998
    • Jack Snyder, “One World, Rival Theories”, Foreign Policy, Nov/Dec 2004
    • Charles King, “The Benefits of Ethnic War: Understanding Eurasia\\'s Unrecognized States,” World Politics, July 2001
    • Robert I. Rotberg, “Failed States, Collapsed States, Weak States: Causes and Indicators” in Rotberg (ed.) When States Fail: Causes and Consequences

    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