INTERNATIONAL BURCH UNIVERSITY
Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
Department of International Relations and European Studies
2015-2016

SYLLABUS
Code Name Level Year Semester
IRES 209 Contemporary Foreign Policy Undergraduate 2 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 5 2 + 1 0

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Ešref Kenan Rašidagić, Assoc. Prof. Dr. prof.dr. Ešref Kenan Rašidagić Ešref Kenan Rašidagić, Assoc. Prof. Dr.
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The course focuses on current issues in the area of foreign policy of states as principal actors in international arena. We are primarily striving to identify reasons why states act as they do in international politics. The course studies foreign policy decision making processes in historical perspective, but also makes particular emphasis on contemporary foreign policy decision making. Foreign policies are judged in their contextual framework, including foreign policies of superpowers as well as small states.

COURSE OBJECTIVE
The course aims to introduce students to the basic elements, actors, and context of foreign policy decision making process.

COURSE CONTENT
Week
Topic
  1. Introduction to Foreign policy - Foreign policy analyses
  2. External Influences on Foreign Policy
  3. Societal Sources of Foreign Policy: Culture & Identity
  4. Societal Sources of Foreign Policy: Public Opinion & Interest Groups
  5. The Role of Government Structures and Political Opposition in Foreign Policy
  6. Organizational Process in Foreign Policy Making
  7. Comparative Foreign Policies of Superpower states
  8. Foreign Policies of Small States
  9. Foreign policy decision-making processes
  10. Balkan Foreign Policy- History and changes
  11. Multi-Level Frameworks and the Future of Foreign Policy Analysis

LABORATORY/PRACTICE PLAN
Week
Topic

    TEACHING/ASSESSMENT
    Description
      Description (%)
      Method Quantity Percentage (%)
      Homework115
      Midterm Exam(s)120
      Presentation125
      Final Exam140
      Total: 100
      Learning outcomes
        TEXTBOOK(S)
        • Marijke Breuning. Foreign Policy Analysis A Comparative Introduction

        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