Basics of the Theory of Foreign Policy

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  • Study programme/study programmes: International Studies – module European Integration
  • Type and level of studies: Undergraduate academic studies
  • Name of the course: Basics of the Theory of Foreign Policy
  • Teacher (Surname, middle initial, name): Prof. Ivo A. Visković (70% and 50% of exercise) and Milica M. Delević, PhD, Assistant Professor (30% and 50% of exercise)
  • Status of the course: Compulsory
  • Number of ECTS: 6
  • Teaching methods: Lectures; seminar paper; discussion with student; final examination
  • Number of classes: 3+1

Aim and outcome of the course

The course shall explain to students the basic categories and the most important concepts in their interpretation in the contemporary theory of foreign policy.

The main aim of the course is to enable students to understand and learn to use that categorical apparatus correctly. This should enable them to apply the obtained theoretical knowledge on concrete examples in other similar courses (such is the Foreign Policy of Serbia).

Obtaining of knowledge necessary for correct understanding and independent use of categorical apparatus of scientific studies of foreign policy is expected as the main learning outcome. Students will therefore be enabled for independent monitoring, analysis and interpretation of the processes and procedures in foreign policies of different states on analytical and other similar professional tasks in public administration, particularly the ministry of foreign affairs and diplomatic-consular missions and other institutions

Content of the course
Theoretical teaching
Differences in definitions of the term of foreign policy and scientific studies of foreign policy; Controversies about the subjects and actors of foreign policy; Goals in foreign policy – concept and kinds; Are there foreign political goals common to all countries and are there universal goals? Foreign political goals specific for individual states; Means of foreign policy in the essential sense; Means of foreign policy – political instruments, foreign political propaganda, economic instruments, instruments relied on armed force; Determinants of foreign policy – concept and kinds; Determinants of foreign policy – idiosyncratic factors, factors linked to social system of certain state, factors linked to geo-political characteristics of the state, factors linked to international environment; Creation of foreign policy – theoretical concept; Carrying out of foreign policy – theoretical concept

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

а) basic
1. I. Visković, UVOD U TEORIJU SPOLJNE POLITIKE (note: the course leader prepared a monograph on the theory of foreign policy which is to be published soon and which is going to encompass almost entire material, so that it shall be recommended to students as the main source within the framework of compulsory literature; about 240 pages)
2. a. I. Visković – SPOLJNA POLITIKA – Repetitorijum, Belgrade, 2005, about 100 pages and/or
2. b. V. Dimitrijević – R. Stojanović, MEĐUNARODNI ODNOSI, Belgrade, 1996, about 140 pages
3. C. Kegli – J. Vitkof, SVETSKA POLITIKA – Trend i transformacija, Belgrade, 2004, pp. 120-162
b) additional
1. R. Vukadinović, TEORIJE VANJSKE POLITIKE, Zagreb, 2005
2. M. E. East – S.A.Salmore – C.F.Hermann (eds.), WHY NATIONS ACT, Beverly Hills-London, 1978, pp. 49-68 and 123-160
3. M. Clarke – B. White, UNDERSTANDING FOREIGN POLICY, Hants, 1999

Assessment of knowledge

Pre-examination commitments

  • Activity during the lectures 10
  • Colloquim(a) 30
  • Seminar(s) 20

Final examination

  • Oral examination 40

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