INTERNATIONAL BURCH UNIVERSITY
Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
Department of International Relations and European Studies
||Foundation of International Relations
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|Ešref Kenan Rašidagić, Assoc. Prof. Dr.
||Ešref Kenan Rašidagić, Assoc. Prof. Dr.
|The aim of this course is to introduce students to the field of international relations. The course will introduce students to key theories, concepts and ideas in contemporary international relations. Additionally, the course aims to train students to think critically about contemporary events and trends in international politics.
- Introduction to the course. Introduction to key concepts and terminology of international relations. Readings: Brown, 1-19
- Historical development of key actors, concepts and terminology of international relations. Readings: Brown, 1-19; Baylis, 50-64
- Types of international relations: multiplolarity, bipolarity, unipolarity. Readings: Mingst, 18-70
- Theories of international relations. Readings: Brown, 19-63; Stephen M. Walt, \"One World, Many Theories,\" Foreign Policy, Spring 1998
- Instruments of state: Diplomacy, military, economics, propaganda. Readings: Mingst, 130-153; Brown, 80-116.
- Foreign policy decision making. Readings: Mingst, 155-162
- International Political Economy. Readings: Jackson, 159-175
- Mid-Term week.
- Hegemony, Unipolarity, Multipolarity – Brown, 232-255.; Charles Krauthammer, „The Unipolar Moment,“ Foreign Affairs, Vol. 70, No1., 1990/1991.
- Presentation of Critical Article Reviews
- Frozen Conflicts. Readings: Charles King, \"The Benefits of Ethnic War: Understanding Eurasia\"
- Failed states and emergence of new actors in international relations: substate groups
- Humanitarian intervention in world politics. Readings: Baylis, 479-497
- Return of the old powers: Russia, Germany, Turkey, China. Readings: Baylis, 65-98
- Wrap-up week
- Self Evaluation
- Case Studies
| Midterm Exam(s)||1||20|
| Term Paper||1||20|
| Final Exam||1||35|
- Students will be able to understand the major concepts of international relations, including: power, the international community, the international system, conflict, conflict resolution, reconstruction, cooperation, integration, globalization;
- Understand and critically evaluate the key theories of international relations, including realism, liberalism, and Marxism;
- Identify the key actors in international relations: states, international governmental and non-governmental organizations, transnational corporations, transnational religious organizations, individuals, etc;
- Demonstrate a knowledge of the key dimensions, events and processes of international relations within their historic context
- Become aware of the multi-disciplinary nature of international relations by establishing connections with the disciplines that have shaped and continue to influence international relations: politics, economics, society, culture, history, language, race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality
- 1. Chris Brown and Kirsten Ainley, Understanding International Relations, 2005
- 2. Robert Jackson and Georg Sorensen, Introduction to International Relations, 2009
- 3. Karen Mingst, Ivan Arreguin-Toft, Essentials of International Relations, 2014
- 4. John Baylis, Steve Smith and Patricia Owens, The Globalization of World Politics, 2014
- 5. Stephen M. Walt, \"One World, Many Theories,\" Foreign Policy, Spring 1998.
- 6. Charles Krauthammer, „The Unipolar Moment,“ Foreign Affairs, Vol. 70, No1., 1990/1991.
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