INTERNATIONAL BURCH UNIVERSITY
Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
Department of International Relations and European Studies
2017-2018

SYLLABUS
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 + 1 147 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Adis Maksić, Assist. Prof. Dr. Adis Maksic Adis Maksić, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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Designed to introduce students to basic terminology and concepts of International Relations, the contemporary political issues, and major theoretical perspectives through which scholars seek to comprehend world politics.

COURSE OBJECTIVE
Introduce students to the main theories of international relations

Discuss IR theories in the context of international history

Acquaint students with some of the key concepts of the discipline such as sovereignty, war, system, theory, deterrence coercion, diplomacy etc.

Familiarize students with major issues in contemporary world politics

Offer an account of the historical evolution of global political systems

Provide a sound understanding of the contemporary political system.

Situate the role of international law and transnational organization in contemporary world politics.

Initiate a critical analysis of the relationship between individual and society.

Improve critical thinking skills

COURSE CONTENT
Week
Topic
  1. Introduction
  2. The Evolution of International Order
  3. International Politics in the 20th Century
  4. The post-Cold War Order
  5. Realism
  6. Liberalism
  7. Constructivism
  8. Mid-Term Exam
  9. War and Security
  10. International Ethics and International Regimes
  11. Environmental Issues/Terrorism
  12. Nuclear Proliferation/Nationalism
  13. Regionalism and Global Economy
  14. Poverty, Development, Hunger and Human Security
  15. Globalization and the Future

LABORATORY/PRACTICE PLAN
Week
Topic

    TEACHING/ASSESSMENT
    Description
    • Interactive Lectures
    • Practical Sessions
    • Excersises
    • Presentation
    • Discussions and group work
    • Student debates
    • Assignments
    • Case Studies
    • Use of educational films
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Quiz315
    Midterm Exam(s)125
    Presentation110
    Class Deliverables1510
    Final Exam140
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
      TEXTBOOK(S)
      • Baylis, J. Smith, S. & Owens, P. (2014) The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations. Oxford University Press

      ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
      Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
      Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)12828
      Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)11515
      Midterm Examination (1 week)122
      Final Examination(1 week)122
      Preparation for Midterm Examination12020
      Preparation for Final Examination13030
      Assignment / Homework/ Project12525
      Seminar / Presentation12525
      Total Workload: 147
      ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 6