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

Code Name Level Year Semester
IRES 206 Contemporary Political Thought / Philosophy Undergraduate 2 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 4 2 + 1 0 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Adis Maksić, Assist. Prof. Dr. Adis Maksic Adis Maksić, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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This course examines major political theoretical perspectives such as liberalism, communitarianism, nationalism, feminism and so forth. In rethinking these perspectives, the course will analyzes the works of major political thinkers of the 20th century. The relationships and links between different political theories and political practice will also be explored.

Identify and discuss the major concepts and ideas at the center of political thought of the 20th and early 21st century.

Understand the distinctness of contemporary political thought, and its dialogue with classical political theory.

Gain a basic understanding of the major works of political theory of the second half of the 20th and early 21st century.

Develop a new way of thinking about the political condition of the contemporary era.

Understand the role of affect in the constitution of political behavior.

Improve critical thinking skills

  1. Introduction to Political Theory
  2. The Historical Evolution of Political Thought
  3. Rethinking Justice
  4. Rethinking Freedom and Equality
  5. Rethinking Power
  6. State vs. Society
  7. Democratic Subjects
  8. Mid Term Exam
  9. Improving Democracies
  10. States, Nations and Collective Identities
  11. Comparing Political Thought
  12. The Challenges of the Global Era
  13. From Discourse Theory to Discourse Analysis
  14. Emotions, Politics and Theory
  15. Course Summary


    • Interactive Lectures
    • Excersises
    • Presentation
    • Discussions and group work
    • Student debates
    • Problem solving
    • Assignments
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)130
    Term Paper115
    Total: 60
    Learning outcomes
      • Dryzek, Honig and Phillips (2006) The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory. Oxford University Press.
      • Mills, S (2004) Discourse. Routledge
      • Westen, D. (2006) The Political Brain. Public Affairs

      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