POLS407 Politics and Governance in the Balkans

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Course Code Course Title Weekly Hours* ECTS Weekly Class Schedule
POLS407 Politics and Governance in the Balkans 3 0 6 TUE 15:00- 15:50 THU 12:00-13:50 B.F1.22
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Course Objectives To introduce students to major terms and concepts in related fields; To enable students to gain knowledge and understanding of basic issues of politics and governance; To lead students to critically discuss and analyze problems related to the politics and governance in the Balkans. To provide students knowledge about political structure in Balkan states;
Textbook Tom Gallagher. (2001). Outcast Europe: The Balkans, 1789-1989. Routledge. Ryan K. Beasley et al. (2002). Foreign Policy in Comparative Perspective. CQ Press. Mirsad Karic (2016). Consociational Democracy in Theory and Practice: The case of post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina. International University of Sarajevo. Jasmin Hasic and Dzeneta Karabegovic (2019). Bosnia and Herzegovina's Foreign Policy since independence. Palgrave Macmillan. Croatia Reports - SGI (2018); EP (2010); IRMO (2017); Serbia Reports - BTI (2018); EP (2017, 2019); CRS (2013); Montenegro Reports - BTI (2018); EASO (2016); LFPR (2017); Boris Vukicevic (2017). Foreign Relations of post-independence Montenegro. Lithuanian Foreign Policy Review.
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Learning Outcomes After successful  completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  1. Recognize and use the key terms and concepts related to Balkan politics.
  2. Develop analytical and comparative skills in the interpretation of political events and processes.
  3. Analyze comparatively and critically major issues in Balkan politics and governance.
  4. Explain and analyze the foreign policy strategies of BiH, Croatia, Serbia, and Montenegro.
  5. Demonstrate understanding of intellectual and historical background of politics and governance in those states.
  6. Participate actively in debates and discussions on topics raised in contemporary political thought.
Teaching Methods This course employs a range of teaching and learning methods such as lecturing, class discussions, presentations and quizzes.
Teaching Method Delivery Teaching Method Delivery Notes
Week 1 Introduction
Week 2 On being Balkan; The analysis of foreign policy in comparative perspective Gallagher pp. 1-19; Beasley pp. 1-24
Week 3 Bosnia and Herzegovina: A plural society Karic pp. 61-102
Week 4 The main features of the Dayton Peace Agreement Karic pp. 105-148
Week 5 Bosnia and Herzegovina: The system and the elite (Quiz I) Karic pp. 151-186
Week 6 BiH's Foreign Policy since independence Hasic pp. 1-45
Week 7 BiH's positions within international organizations Hasic pp. 45-97
Week 9 Economic and political situation in Croatia Meckhova pp. 1-44; Bonker pp. 1-32
Week 10 Croatian Foreign Policy Knezovic 1-42
Week 11 Serbia: state structure, politics and economy (Quiz II) Bochsler pp. 1-23; BTI pp. 1-38; EP pp. 1-8;
Week 12 Foreign Policy of Serbia (Presentations) Hartwell pp. 1-58; CRS pp. 1-15
Week 13 Montenegro: state structure, politics and economy (Presentations) EASO pp. 1-47; Donner pp. 1-41
Week 14 Foreign relations of post-independence Montenegro (Presentations) Vukicevic pp. 1-29
Week 15 Class overview (Presentations)
Assessment Methods and Criteria Evaluation Tool Quantity Weight Alignment with LOs
Final Exam 1 40
Semester Evaluation Compenents
Midterm Exam 1 25
Quiz 2 20
Presentation 1 15
***     ECTS Credit Calculation     ***
 Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours
Lecture Hours 3 14 42 Assignments 10 2 20
Home Study 2 14 28 In-term Exam Study 12 1 12
Final Exam Study 24 1 24 Term project/presentation 12 2 24
        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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