Code Course Type Regular Semester Lecture Recit. Lab Credits ECTS
PIR 131 B 1 - - - 3 5
Lecturer and Office Hours: Islam Jusufi
Teaching Assistant(s) and Office Hours: -
Language: English
Compulsory/Elective: Compulsory
Classroom and Meeting Time: N/A
Course Description: -
Course Objectives: This is an introductory level course on the study of international relations. This course is a core course in the International Relations and provides a general introduction to the discipline of International Relations. This course will explore the origins of the modern international relations and provide students with historical background on the international relations. The course will introduce students to different types of concepts and of actors that populate the international relations field. This course will offer students a range of different perspectives on the international relations. The course will be offered under four distinct sections: 1. On international relations; 2. Origins of the international relations. 3. International relations' key actors. 4. International relations' key concepts. This course aims to introduce students to the international relations field and familiarise them with basic ideas about it. The course also aims to develop key academic writing skills and equip students with a range of important skills, including working independently and as part of a team; managing a varied workload; and preparing written reports and verbal presentations.
Week Topics
1 Course introduction, overview of texts, and expectations.
2 What is the international relations?. Must readings: Devetak: Pages: 1-14.
3 Origins of the international relations. Must readings: D’Anieri: pages: 24-27. Nye: pages: 1-29; 33-58.
4 European origins of the international relations: The Concert of Europe and the Balance of Power. Must readings: D’Anieri: pages: 28-37. Nye: pages: 59-84.
5 American origins of the international relations: Wilson and the leagues of nations. Must readings: D’Anieri: pages: 38-44. Nye: pages: 87-112.
6 Cold War. Must readings: Devetak: pages: 281-292. Kegley: 100-112.
7 States as actors in the international relations. Must readings: Devetak: pages: 134-159.
9 International and regional institutions. Must readings: Kegley: 171-198. Optional: Review a website of a major international and regional organization, such as the UN, EU, Council of Europe, NATO, World Bank, RCC, IMF, WTO.Non-state Actors. Must readings: Devetak: pages: 310-321. D’Anieri: pages: 354-360. Optional: Review a website of a major non-state actor.
10 Non-state Actors. Must readings: Devetak: pages: 310-321. D’Anieri: pages: 354-360. Optional: Review a website of a major non-state actor.
11 Security and Conflicts. Must readings: Devetak: pages: 160-198.
12 Globalisation. Must readings: Devetak: pages: 386-397. Nye: pages: 204-218.
13 Third world or Global South. Must readings: Kegley: 123-166.
14 Post-Cold War (and concluding review of the course). Must readings: Nye: pages: 261-282.
Prerequisite(s): Class attendance and participation; timely delivery of the assignments.
Textbook: Must readings: D’Anieri, P. 2012. International Politics: Power and Purpose in Global Affairs. Wadsworth, Cengage Learning: Boston (Available online). Devetak, R., Burke, A., George, J. 2013. An Introduction to International Relations. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge (Available in the Library of the Epoka University), (Also, available online). Kegley, C.W., Blanton, S.L. 2011. World Politics: Trend and Transformations. Wadsworth, Cengage Learning: Boston (Available in the Library of the Epoka University), (Also, available online). Nye, J. Jr. 2007. Understanding International Conflicts. Longman: New York (Available online).
Other References: Optional readings: Baylis, J., Smith, S. 2001. The. Globalization of World Politics. Oxford University Press, Oxford (Available online). Brown, C., Ainley, K. 2005. Understanding International Relations. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, New York (Available online). Mansbach, R. W., Taylor, K.L. 2012. Introduction to Global Politics, Routledge: New York (Available online). Mazower, M. 2013. No Enchanted Palace: The End of Empire and the Ideological Origins of the United Nations. Princeton University Press: Princeton (Available online). Mazower, M. 2013. Governing the World: The History of an Idea, 1815 to the Present. Penguin: London (Available with the lecturer). Mazower, M. 2004. Salonica, City of Ghosts Christians, Muslims and Jews. Harper Collins: London (Available online). Reus-Smit, C., Snidal, D. 2008. The Oxford Handbook of International Relations. Oxford University Press: Oxford (Available online). Shimko, K.L. 2010. International Relations Perspectives, Controversies & Readings. Wadsworth: Boston (Available online). Snow, D.M. 2012. Cases in International Relations. Longman: Boston (Available online). Steans, J., Pettiford, L., Diez, T., El-Anis, I. 2010. An Introduction to International Relations Theory: Perspectives and Themes. Pearson: Essex (Available online). Simulations on International Relations: Quizes: Websites of major international and regional organizations, such as the UN, EU, Council of Europe, RCC, NATO, World Bank, IMF, WTO. Websites of major non-state actors. Websites of major international newspapers and journals, such as Economist, New York Times, Le Monde Diplomatique (English version).
Laboratory Work: N/A
Computer Usage: N/A
Others: No
1 To demonstrate a knowledge of major issues and concepts in the discipline of International Relations.
2 To demonstrate an ability to use these concepts in particular circumstances.
3 To demonstrate an ability to present an argument in both oral and written forms.
4 To demonstrate basic understanding of the major international and regional institutions in world politics as well as significant developments in world politics.
5 To start to understand what is the international relations about.
(Blank : no contribution, 1: least contribution ... 5: highest contribution)
No Program Competencies Cont.
Method Quantity Percentage
Midterm Exam(s)
Final Exam
Total Percent: 100%
Activities Quantity Duration(Hours) Total Workload(Hours)
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 16x Total course hours) 16 3 48
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 16 2 32
Mid-terms 12 1 12
Final examination 16 1 16
Other 17 1 17
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