Početna Undergraduate StudiesInternational RelationsFourth year of studies – European IntegrationContemporary Balkan Relations

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Contemporary Balkan Relations

  • Study programme/study programmes: International Studies – module European Integration
  • Type and level of studies: Undergraduate academic studies
  • Name of the course: Contemporary Balkan Relations
  • Teacher (Surname, middle initial, name): Prof.  Predrag  A. Simić
  • Status of the course: Elective
  • Number of ECTS: 6
  • Teaching methods: Lectures and exercise
  • Number of classes: 3+1

Aim and outcome of the course

This course is aimed at introducing students with processes and relations on the Balkans during and particularly after the Cold War, i.e. from 1945 until today. The emphasis is on political events and processes, however including an analysis of economic and social processes in the contemporary period. Students shall learn about internal political and economic events in Balkan states, their political and economic systems, but the main topic shall be devoted to international aspects of relations on the Balkans and pertaining to the Balkans. The main goal is that students gain necessary knowledge about various processes which characterize contemporary era of development of Balkan relations, as well as the reasons why the Balkans, and particularly the so-called Western Balkans, remained the region which was the last to be included in European integration processes and what attempts are made for this to be overcome.

The purpose of this course is to prepare student for work on research, political-diplomatic and journalist jobs referring to Balkan region and relations among states it comprises, as well as their relations with big forces.

The most important learning outcomes shall be: acquiring of political, economic and other knowledge necessary for understanding of contemporary processes in certain states and in the Balkans as a region: gaining analytical capacities necessary for quality professional follow-up of social, and particularly political, processes in the Balkans; development of capacity of written and oral presentation of knowledge gained by analysis of events and processes related to the Balkans.

Content of the course
Theoretical teaching
The Balkans in the Cold War – 1945-1955; The Balkans in the Cold War – 1955-1989; The Balkans after the Cold War – wars in Yugoslavia 1991-1999; The Balkans after the Cold War – Romania and Bulgaria; The Balkans after the Cold War – Greece and Turkey; The Balkans after the Cold War – Macedonia and Albania; Characteristics of the transition process of Balkan countries; Security in the Balkans in post-Cold War period; Minorities in the Balkans; USA, NATO and the Balkans; Big European forces and the Balkans; the European Union and the Balkans; Regional Cooperation in the Balkans – “initiatives” and organizations; Regional cooperation in the Balkans – Stability Pact and the Southeast European Cooperation Process.
Practical teaching: Exercises, Other modes of teaching, Study research work

а) basic:
1. Ričard Krempton, Balkan posle Drugog svetskog rata, CLIO, Belgrade, 2003, pp. 155-162 and 319-470
2. Savremeni procesi i odnosi na Balkanu, edited by M. Stojković and A. Damian, IMPP and CMS FPN, Belgrade, 1997, pp. 45-90, 133-236, 277-423 and 461-487
3. Duško Lopandić, Regionalne inicijative u Jugoistočnoj Evropi, IMPP and EPuS, Belgrade, 2001, pp. 37-47, 54-57, 105-165 and 172-190
b) additional
1. Ranko Petković, Balkan – ni “bure baruta”, ni “zona mira”, Zagreb, 1978 2. Ranko Petković, XX vek na Balkanu: Versaj, Jalta, Dejton, Belgrade, 1996 3. Miša Gleni, Balkan: 1804-1999 – nacionalizam, rat i velike sile, Samizdat B92, Belgrade, 2001, II part II 4. Radovan Radinović i Trivo Inđić Balkan – mogućnosti regionalog sistema bezbednosti, Belgrade, 1999 5. Predrag Simić, Put u Rambuje: kosovska kriza 1995-2000, Belgrade, 2000 6. Žarko Obradović, Manjine na Balkanu: Belgrade, 2002

Assessment of knowledge

Pre-examination commitments

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

Final examination

  • Oral examination 40