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 + 1 110 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. Utilitarianims
  3. Liberal Equality
  4. Libertarianism, Marxism
  5. Cosmopolitanism (Guest lecture)
  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


    • Interactive Lectures
    • Practical Sessions
    • Excersises
    • Presentation
    • Discussions and group work
    • Student debates
    • Problem solving
    • Assignments
    • Case Studies
    • Guest instructor
    • Use of educational films
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)125
    Term Paper115
    Class Deliverables1425
    Final Exam135
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
      • Kymlichka, W. (2001) Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Introduction. Oxford University Press
      • Dryzek, Honig and Phillips (2006) The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory. Oxford University Press.
      • Mouffe, C. (2005) On the Political Routledge
      • Mills, S. (2004) Discourse: The New Critical Idiom. Routledge
      • Westen, D. (2006) The Role of Emotion in Deciding teh Fate of the Nation. Public Affairs
      • 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 Examination11212
      Preparation for Final Examination12222
      Assignment / Homework/ Project10110
      Seminar / Presentation12020
      Total Workload: 110
      ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 4