POLS304 Politics in BiH

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Course Code Course Title Weekly Hours* ECTS Weekly Class Schedule
T P
POLS304 Politics in BiH 3 0 6 MO: 09:00-10:50 WED: 09:00-09:50
Prerequisite None It is a prerequisite to

None

Lecturer Hamza Preljević Office Hours / Room / Phone
Monday:
9:00-11:00
Tuesday:
9:00-10:00
Friday:
9:00-11:00
A F2.7
E-mail hpreljevic@ius.edu.ba
Assistant Assistant E-mail
Course Objectives • To introduce the main political debates that animate contemporary BiH politics and foreign policy; • 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 introduce students with the complexity of the Bosnian political system at the state, entity, cantonal and municipality levels; • To lead students to critically discuss and analyze problems related to the politics and governance in BiH; and • To discuss the Great power competition towards BiH.
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. • Hasić, J. & Karabegović, Dž. (2019). "Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Foreign Policy Since Independence". Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.
Learning Outcomes After successful  completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  1. Evaluate the historical process that has shaped contemporary BiH;
  2. Demonstrate a good knowledge of the theoretical foundation of the post-Dayton Bosnian political system;
  3. Make reasoned and informed arguments about events in BiH domestic politics and foreign politics and critically evaluate them;
  4. Identify what is unique about BiH politics versus what is common in most European countries; and
  5. Evaluate the relative effects of public opinion, media, great powers, regional actors and special interests on BiH domestic and foreign policy.
Teaching Methods The teaching methods will include lecturing, student presentations, student assignments, class discussions and debates.
WEEK TOPIC REFERENCE
Week 1 Introduction to the course design ---------------
Week 2 Historical process that has shaped contemporary BiH Imamović, Ch. 2, 3 & 4
Week 3 Historical process that has shaped contemporary BiH Imamović, Ch. 5, 6, 7 & 8
Week 4 Freedom, war, and Dayton Peace Agreement (DPA) Imamović, Ch. 9; Karić, Ch. 2
Week 5 Election and electoral law Karić, Ch. 3, 4 & 5; Gavrć, Ch. 3 & 4
Week 6 Election and electoral law Karić, Ch. 3, 4 & 5; Gavrć, Ch. 3 & 4
Week 7 Political participation and political parties in BiH Karić, Ch. 3 & 4
Week 8 Mid-term exam ---------------
Week 9 Civil society and media in BiH Gavrić, Ch. 5
Week 10 Approaching Youth - Youth Study Bosnia and Herzegovina Turčilo et al. 2019
Week 11 Structure, Frameworks, Processes, Institutions, and Actors of BiH Foreign Policy Hasić, Ch. 1
Week 12 BiH’s Wartime Foreign Policy Hasić, Ch. 2
Week 13 Euro-Atlantic Integrations & BiH’s Contributions to International Peace Operations Hasić, Ch. 4
Week 14 BiH’s Bilateral Relations with the Major Powers Hasić, Ch. 8
Week 15 BiH’s Foreign Policy Toward Neighboring Countries and vice versa Hasić, Ch. 9; Gavrić, Ch. 6
Assessment Methods and Criteria Evaluation Tool Quantity Weight Alignment with LOs
Final Exam 1 35 LO1-LO5
Semester Evaluation Compenents
Midterm exam 1 25 LO1, LO2, LO3
Research project 1 15 LO1-LO5
Presentation 1 10 LO4, LO5
Movie review 1 10 LO2-LO5
Discussion forums/participation 10 5 LO4, LO5
***     ECTS Credit Calculation     ***
 Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours
Lecture hours 3 15 45 Research project 1 10 10
Home study 3 15 45 Discussion forums 1 5 5
Movie review 5 1 5 Midterm exam study 10 1 10
Presentation 5 1 5 Final exam study 25 1 25
        Total Workload Hours = 150
*T= Teaching, P= Practice ECTS Credit = 6
Course Academic Quality Assurance: Semester Student Survey Last Update Date: 06/11/2020
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