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

Code Name Level Year Semester
IRES 302 U.S. Foreign Policy and World Politics Undergraduate 3 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 5 2 + 1 135 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Elma Salihović, Expert Elma Ceho-Salihovic Elma Salihović, Expert
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This course examines leading theoretical approaches to the study of United States foreign policy across a range of states and issue areas. The course combines a discussion of these theories with their application to selected countries in the north, the south, international organizations and transnational actors. The goal of the course is to prepare students to both critically evaluate the theoretical literature on foreign policy and to conduct their own research. We will investigate the influence of international environment, US elite decision-making and psychology and domestic factor.

1. Discuss and evaluate the major theories of American foreign policy.
2. Describe the history of American foreign relations.
3. Think critically and write about the role of the United States in the world
4. Evaluate major decisions of foreign policy made by US policy makers.
5. Describe the foreign policy making process and players in the US system.
6. Take part in a simulation of foreign policy decision making with accuracy.
7. Analyze the strategic interests of the United States in different regions of
the world.
8. Compare and contrast the use of diplomatic and military means in a
hypothetical case.
9. Develop effective writing skills.

  1. Theoretical Fundamentals of Foreign Policy
  2. The International Fundamentals of Foreign Policy
  3. Decision Making in Foreign Policy
  4. Means of Foreign Policy (Direct and Indirect Means)
  5. Means of Foreign Policy (Direct and Indirect Means)
  6. Decisions and Implementations
  7. Congress, Lobbying
  8. Debates on Ethical Foreign Policy in the Aftermath of the Cold War
  9. Ethical Realism
  10. US Foreign Policy after the Cold War
  11. The Clinton\'s Administration\'s Intervention in Bosnia and Kosovo
  12. US Foreign Policy on Afghanistan
  13. US Foreign Policy on Terrorism


    • Interactive Lectures
    • Excersises
    • Presentation
    • Discussions and group work
    • Student debates
    • Problem solving
    • Assignments
    • Case Studies
    • Use of educational films
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Total: 0
    Learning outcomes
      • • Petric, Ernest. Foreign Policy, From Conception to Diplomatic Practice.
      • Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. Leiden, Boston 2013
      • • Morton H. Halperin, Priscilla A. Clapp. Bureaucratic Politics and Foreign
      • Policy. Brookings institution press. Washington DC. 2006
      • • Chang, Chih-Hann. Ethical Foreign Policy?: US Humanitarian Interventions.
      • Routledge. 2011
      • • John J. Mearsheimer. Stephen M. Walt. 2006. The Israel Lobby and U.S.
      • Foreign Policy. Harvard University Press.
      • • William C. Wohlforth. 2008. Realism and Foreign Policy. Oxford University
      • Press.

      ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
      Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
      Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)345135
      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: 135
      ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 5