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Introduction to Political Theory

  • Study programme/study programmes: Undergraduate academic International studies
  • Type and level of studies: Undergraduate academic studies
  • Name of the course: Introduction to Political Theory
  • Teacher (Surname, middle initial, name): Prof. Nenad I. Kecmanović; Prof. Dragan M. Simeunović; Ivana S. Damnjanović, MA; Bojan M. Vranić
  • Status of the course: Compulsory
  • Number of ECTS: 8
  • Teaching methods: Lectures and exercise
  • Number of classes: 4+1

Aim and outcome of the course

The course Introduction to Political Theory is one of the fundamental courses at the Faculty of Political Sciences. It is a propaedeutic course, dealing both with the subject matter and the method of theory of politics, and the concept of politics itself with the basic political phenomena such are state, political violence, ideology, democracy. Having in mind the propaedeutic character of this course and the fact that the course is studied during the 1st semester of studies, students are not expected to have any particular previous knowledge except those included in the high school curricula for the field of social sciences (sociology, philosophy, history). The aim of the course Introduction to Political Theory is to enable students of the 1st year of undergraduate studies for further work and mastering other courses in the field of political science.

By successful mastering of this course students obtain and develop knowledge and skills necessary to continue their studies.

Content of the course

Theoretical teachingHistorical development of political theory, Political theory – definition, subject matter and method, relation with other sciences, The concept of politics, Nation state, State concepts: legal state, democratic state, social state, totalitarian state, Power, governance, force and violence: definition and modes; modes for winning and maintaining power, Political ideologies, Political parties, Political culture, Modes of personal rule, Theory of elites, Democracy and democratization, Politics and Globalization

Practical teaching: Exercise,, Other modes of teaching, Study research work


а) basic

  1. 1. Jovan R. Marjanović, Teorija politike – osnovi, Univerzitet u Beogradu, Belgrade, 1996 (pp. 1-3, 7-11, 65-77, 97-101, 104-108, 111-128, 140-142, 144-161, 164-177, 186-225)
  2. Radoslav Ratković, Uvod u političke nauke, Nauka i društvo, Belgrade 1999 (pp. 59-78)
  3. Ljubomir Tadić, Politikološki leksikon, Zavod za udžbenike i nastavna sredstva, Belgrade, 1966 (200 pgs)
  4. Dragan Simeunović, Teorija politike – reader, I part (BPS practicum), Nauka i društvo, Belgrade, 2002 (pp. 13-23, 54-66, 79-98, 101-124, 130-137, 145-191, 201-225, 232-248, 263-268, 271-277, 282-296)
  5. Nenad Kecmanović, Dometi demokratije, Čigoja štampa, Belgrade, 2005 (pp. 1-140)


6.    Ljubomir Tadić, Nauka o politici, BIGZ, Belgrade, 1996 (pp. 21-61, 83-105, 233-305, 478-500)

7.    Jovan R. Marjanović, Političke stranke i moderna država, Zavod za udžbenike i nastavna sredstva, Belgrade, 1999 (pp.

12-16, 22-24, 137-141, 157-180, 199-201, 212-214, 216-217, 250-253)

  1. Klaus fon Bajme, Suvremene političke teorije, Stvarnost, Zagreb, 1977 (pp. 180-198, 215-269)

Assessment of knowledge

Pre-examination commitments

  • Activity during the lectures 10
  • Colloquim(a) 20+20

Final examination

  • Oral examination 50