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 329 Religion and Politics in Comparative and International Perspective Undergraduate 3 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 5 2 + 1 115 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Selma Mameledžija, Instructor Selma Mameledžija, Instructor
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The course examines relation between religion and politics from scientific aspect with particular emphasis on international dimensions of the phenomena.

COURSE OBJECTIVE
Provide students sound understanding of theoretical approaches related to religion and politics from the perspective of international relations. Enhance their skills for critical thinking about religion and society in wider perspective.

COURSE CONTENT
Week
Topic
  1. Introduction: definitions od main terms
  2. Religious Wars and Westphalia Treaty
  3. International Relations Theory and Religion
  4. Religious Perspectives on Multiculturalism
  5. Theoretical Approaches to the Impact of Faith on Political Conflict
  6. Four Determinants of the Strategic Choices Made by Political Entrepreneurs
  7. Religious Faith and Conflict Escalation
  8. Midterm exam
  9. Three Strategies of Conflict De-escalation
  10. In Defense of Religion
  11. Islam and the West
  12. Religion and Politics in New Millennium
  13. Student presentations
  14. Student presentations
  15. Preparations for the Final Exam

LABORATORY/PRACTICE PLAN
Week
Topic

    TEACHING/ASSESSMENT
    Description
    • Interactive Lectures
    • Presentation
    • Discussions and group work
    • Student debates
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)135
    Final Exam140
    +Classparticipation1425
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
      TEXTBOOK(S)
      • Petito, Fabio and Hatzopoulos, Pavlos (eds.): “Religion in International
      • Relations: The Return from Exile”, PALGRAVE MACMILLAN, NY, 2003.

      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 Examination12020
      Preparation for Final Examination13535
      Assignment / Homework/ Project14114
      Seminar / Presentation 0
      Total Workload: 115
      ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 5