POLS304 Politics in BiH

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Course Code Course Title Weekly Hours* ECTS Weekly Class Schedule
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POLS304 Politics in BiH 3 0 6 MO: 09:00-10:50 WED: 09:00-09:50
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Course Objectives • To introduce students with the concept of ‘political system’, its basic meaning and functions; • To familiarize students with the core elements of the Dayton Peace Agreement (DPA); • To equip the students with the general understanding of the theoretical foundation of the Bosnian political system; • To provide students with the institutional analysis of the Bosnian political system; • To introduce students with the complexity of the Bosnian political system at the state, entity, cantonal and municipality levels; and • To introduce students with the core elements of the Bosnian political system such as the Bosnian legislative systems, the executive and the judiciary.
Textbook Imamović, M. (2006). "Bosnia and Herzegovina: Evolution of its Political and Legal Institutions". Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo: MAGISTRAT. Karić, M. (2016). "Consociational Democracy in Theory and Practice: The Case of Post-War Bosnia and Herzegovina". Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo: International University of Sarajevo. Gavrić, S., Banović, D. & Barreiro, M. (2013). "The political system of Bosnia and Herzegovina: Institutions – actors – processes" (Ed. Gavrić Saša). Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo: Sarajevski otvoreni centar/Sarajevo Open Centre. Carmichael, C. (2015). "A Concise History of Bosnia". United Kingdom: Cambridge
Learning Outcomes After successful  completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe basic features and functions related to the concept of a political system;
  2. Demonstrate a good knowledge of the theoretical foundation of the post-Dayton Bosnian political system;
  3. Identify the role of the Dayton Peace Agreement (DPA) in the the context of Constitution and electoral system ;
  4. Describe the function and position of local and international civil society organization in Bosnia and Herzegovina
  5. Evaluate the historical development and functioning of political parties in BiH
Teaching Methods The teaching methods will include lecturing, student presentations, class discussions and debates.
WEEK TOPIC REFERENCE
Week 1 Key concept of Political System: Definition, Theory and Functioning of Political System its component and types Almond, G.J. & Coleman, J.S. (eds.), Ch
Week 2 Democracy and Democratic Political System: Features, Representation, decision-making, parliamentarism
Week 3 Bosnia and Herzegovina's statehood (1): Medieval Bosnian state, Kingdom of Bosnia, BiH under the Ottoman Empire; BiH under the Austria-Hungarian Empire, Imamović, Ch 2, 3 & 4; Ibrahimahic p.
Week 4 Bosnia and Herzegovina's statehood (2): BiH in SHS and Yugoslav Kingdom, Federal BiH, People Republic of BiH, RBiH, Independence and making of Bosnian State Imamović, Ch 5,6,7 & 8; Ibrahimahic p.
Week 5 Contemporary BiH: – Constitution, Its provisions, principles and functioning Karić, Ch 1, 2 & 3
Week 6 Elections and Electoral Law Electoral law BiH, Gavrić, Ch 3 & 4;
Week 7 Political Participation and Political Parties in Bosnia and Herzegovina MIDTERM EXAM 14.11.2018 Karić, Ch 3 & 4
Week 8 BiH's Administrative Structure and Local Self-Government: Entities, District Brcko, cantons and municiplaities, MIDTERM Gavrić, Ch 3 & 4; Karić, Ch 3, 4 & 5
Week 9 Institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina I: Presidency, CoM, Parliament, Gavrić, Ch 2 & 3; Karić, Ch 4
Week 10 Institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina II: Constitutional Court, Central Bank Gavrić, Ch 2 & 3; Karić, Ch 4
Week 11 International Community in BiH: NATO, OHR, EUSR, OSCE Gavric, ch 4; Kulanic, 2011
Week 12 Bosnian Foreign Policy BiH FP Strategy; Karic 2018
Week 13 Bosnia in the Western Balkans: relations, cooperation, and issues Gavric, ch 6
Week 14 Civil Society and Media in Bosnia and Herzegovina Gavric ch 5
Week 15 Review
Assessment Methods and Criteria Evaluation Tool Quantity Weight Alignment with LOs
Final Exam 1 40 1,3,5
Semester Evaluation Compenents
Midterm Exam 1 20 1,2,3
Research Project 1 20 5
Presentation 1 10 5
Assignments 2 10 2,4
***     ECTS Credit Calculation     ***
 Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours
Lecture Hours 3 15 45 Presentation 5 1 5
Home Study 3 15 45 Home Study 3 15 45
Assignments 5 2 10 Midterm exam study 10 1 10
Presentation 5 1 5 Presentation 5 1 5
        Total Workload Hours = 150
*T= Teaching, P= Practice ECTS Credit = 6
Course Academic Quality Assurance: Semester Student Survey Last Update Date: 04/03/2020
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