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

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 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Adis Maksić, Assist. Prof. Dr. Assist. Prof. Dr. Adis Maksic Adis Maksić, Assist. 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.

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

  1. Structure vs. Agency
  2. The Basics of Foreign Policy Analysis
  3. Leaders and Foreign Policy
  4. Leaders and Perceptions
  5. Bureaucracy and Foreign Policy-Making
  6. Cultural Influences on Foreign Policy-Making
  7. Public Opinion and Foreign Policy-Making
  8. Mid-term Exam
  9. External Influences on Foreign Policy
  10. UK and French Foreign Policy/Cuban Missile Crisis
  11. Angela Merkel and German Foreign Policy
  12. United Nations and Russia\\
  13. China\\
  14. Foreign Policy of Small States: the case of Luxembourg
  15. Course Summary


    • Interactive Lectures
    • Presentation
    • Discussions and group work
    • Student debates
    • Assignments
    • Case Studies
    • Use of educational films
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)125
    Final Exam140
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • Overall balanced and comprehensive understanding of the study of foreign policy.
    • Understanding of decision-making and psychological approaches
    • Theoretical foundation for comparative foreign policy analysis
    • Comprehension of major epistemological and methodological issues facing foreign policy analysis
    • Understanding of the relationship between foreign policy analysis and politics more generally
    • Introductory knowledge of foreign policy culture in several selected cases (both great powers and small states)
    • 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