IR213 International Issues in the Balkans

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Course Code Course Title Weekly Hours* ECTS Weekly Class Schedule
T P
IR213 International Issues in the Balkans 3 1 6 Tuesday 15:00-15:50 and Thursday 12:00-13:50
Prerequisite IR101 It is a prerequisite to
Lecturer Aliye Fatma Mataraci Office Hours / Room / Phone
Monday:
15:00-17:00 Graduate Students
Tuesday:
11:00-11:50 , 16:00-16:50
Thursday:
15:00-16:50
A F2.18
E-mail amataraci@ius.edu.ba
Assistant Assistant E-mail
Course Objectives This course aims to develop student’s understanding of key international political phenomena related to the Balkans after World War I and to introduce a critical approach to contemporary issues in the Balkans.
Textbook "A History of Eastern Europe: Crisis and Change, Robert Bideleux and Ian Jeffries, 2nd ed., NY: Routledge, 2007. The Collapse of Yugoslavia (1991-99), Alaistair Finlan, UK: Osprey Publishing, 2004. After Yugoslavia: Identities and Politics within the Successor States, Robert Hudson and Glenn Bowman, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011."
Learning Outcomes After successful  completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  1. Explain and discuss the major dynamics and issues in contemporary Balkan politics.
  2. Analyze and discuss inter-ethnic tensions in the Balkans.
  3. Explain and discuss the historical background and role of history in the political developments in the Balkans
  4. Compare and contrast the role of the Balkan states in international politics.
  5. Explain contemporary contesting foreign policies towards the Balkans.
  6. Compare and contrast the role of the Balkan states in international politics.
Teaching Methods Lectures, class discussions, response papers, screenings, quizzes, class presentations, field trip and exams.
WEEK TOPIC REFERENCE
Week 1 Introduction to the course, expectations and requirements.
Week 2 The post WWI political order in the Balkans and East Central Europe. Textbook, Part III
Week 3 The post WWI economic order in the Balkans and East Central Europe. Textbook, Part III
Week 4 The 1930s economic depression and its consequence. Textbook, Part III
Week 5 The lure of fascism. Quiz 1. Textbook, Part III
Week 6 The Second World War and mass genocide (1939-45). Textbook, Part III
Week 7 The emergence of Communist regimes in the Balkans and East Central Europe, 1945-60. Student Presentations. Textbook, Part IV
Week 8 The Communist-dominated Balkans and East Central Europe, 1945-89. Student Presentations. Textbook, Part IV
Week 9 Take Home Assignment
Week 10 The Communist-dominated Balkans and East Central Europe, 1945-89. (continued). Student Presentations. Textbook, Part IV
Week 11 Post-Communist Transformations. Student Presentations. Textbook, Part V
Week 12 The collapse of Yugoslavia (1991-99). Student Presentations. The collapse of Yugoslavia (1991-99)
Week 13 The collapse of Yugoslavia (1991-99). (continued). Student Presentations. Ouiz 2. The collapse of Yugoslavia (1991-99)
Week 14 The Balkans after 2000s. Student Presentations. After Yugoslavia:..., Chap. 6
Week 15 Review. Written Assignment Submission
Assessment Methods and Criteria Evaluation Tool Quantity Weight Alignment with LOs
Final Exam 1 30 1,4,5,6
Semester Evaluation Compenents
Take Home Assignment 1 30 2,3,4
Written Assignment 1 10 1,2,4
Presentation 1 10 1,5,6
Quizzes 2 20 3,4,5
***     ECTS Credit Calculation     ***
 Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours
Lecture Hours 3 15 45 Home Study 3 15 45
Written Assignment 10 1 10 Written Assignment 10 1 10
Screening & Presentation 5 1 5 Take Home Assignment 15 1 15
Home Study 3 15 45 Home Study 3 15 45
        Total Workload Hours = 150
*T= Teaching, P= Practice ECTS Credit = 6
Course Academic Quality Assurance: Semester Student Survey Last Update Date: 19/04/2020
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