INTERNATIONAL BURCH UNIVERSITY
Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
Department of International Relations and European Studies
2016-2017

SYLLABUS
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 + 1 126 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.

COURSE OBJECTIVE
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

COURSE CONTENT
Week
Topic
  1. Introduction to Political Theory
  2. Utilitarianims
  3. Liberal Equality
  4. Libertarianism
  5. Marxism
  6. Civic Citizenship
  7. Communitarianism
  8. Mid Term Exam
  9. Multiculturalism
  10. Deliberative Democracy
  11. Islamic Political Thought- The Challenge of the EU
  12. Discourse Theory
  13. Affect, Emotions and Political Theory
  14. Term paper presentations
  15. Course Summary

LABORATORY/PRACTICE PLAN
Week
Topic

    TEACHING/ASSESSMENT
    Description
    • Interactive Lectures
    • Excersises
    • Presentation
    • Discussions and group work
    • Student debates
    • Problem solving
    • Assignments
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)125
    Presentation120
    Term Paper115
    Final Exam140
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
      TEXTBOOK(S)
      • Dryzek, Honig and Phillips (2006) The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory. Oxford University Press.
      • Kymlichka, W. (2001) Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Introduction. 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)14228
      Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)14114
      Midterm Examination (1 week)122
      Final Examination(1 week)122
      Preparation for Midterm Examination11515
      Preparation for Final Examination12525
      Assignment / Homework/ Project15115
      Seminar / Presentation12525
      Total Workload: 126
      ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 5