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International Relations

  • Study programme/study programmes: Undergraduate academic studies of Political Science
  • Type and level of studies: Undergraduate academic studies
  • Name of the course: International Relations
  • Teacher (Surname, middle initial, name): Prof. Dragan R. Simić (50%), Prof. Predrag A. Simić (50%); exercise by Dragan M. Živojinović, Junior Assistant (70%)
  • Status of the course: Compulsory
  • Number of ECTS: 8
  • Teaching methods: Lectures, exercise, consulting
  • Number of classes: 3+2

Aim and outcome of the course

The course gives an introductory knowledge about international relations, attempting to best present the “inter-game” of theory, practice and history. By studying the structure and processes, i.e. taking into consideration also permanent features and permanent changes which characterize international relations, this discipline deals with questions of subjects and factors of international relations, studies of international system, balance of forces and collective security. In the heart of this discipline are the questions of war and peace, their causes, history and consequences. In that sense, it studies some of the most important wars in history such are the Peloponnesian War, World Wars One and Two and the Cold War. Particular attention is paid to the analysis of contemporary international relations, and new challenges and threats with which their actors face today.

Attendants of this course shall be trained to: – use professional literature in the field of international relations; – use acquired knowledge about basic categories from theory and practice of international relations in creating and defence of arguments as well as in solving problems within research field of international relations; – interpret and collect necessary data from this field: – further develop capacity of critical and self-critical thinking and approach; – continue their further education in the field of international relations;

Content of the course
Theoretical teaching

Concept, subject matter and method of science on international relations: from international politics to world politics; How to understand international relations: international relations as an inter-game between theory and reality; International systems: history, structures and processes; Subjects (old and new) of international relations; Power in international relations: “from guns and gold leverages to information revolution”; International law and moral in international relations; Wars (old and new) in international relations: term, causes and history of some of the most important wars in history (the Peloponnesian War, World Wars One and Two, “wars of the 21st century”); Balance of power: concept, importance, history, controversies; Collective security: concept, importance, history, controversies; Globalization and interdependence in international relations; Different views of world after the Cold War; “American colossus” and its challengers at the beginning of the 21st century; International relations after the Cold War: between permanent features and permanent changes.

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


а) basic: Vojin Dimitrijević, Radoslav Stojanović, Međunarodni odnosi, Službeni list SRJ, Belgrade, 1996 pp. 7-22, 83-141; 171-182; 205-208; 258-266; 268-270; 357-362; 363-389; 2. Džozef Naj, Kako razumevati međunarodne sukobe – uvod u teoriju i istoriju, Stubovi kulture, Belgrade, 2006, pp. 7-149; 181-201; 208-230; 250-350; 3. Dragan Simić, Nauka o bezbednosti – savremeni pristupi bezbednosti, Službeni list SRJ, Fakultet političkih nauka, Belgrade, 2002, pp. 15-19; 21-24; 25-27; 29-33; 42-43’ 4. Andreja Miletić, “Rat” in Milan Matić, Milan Podunavac (eds), Enciklopedija političke kulture, Savremena administracija, Belgrade, 1993, pp. 953-964 5. Dragan R. Simić, Poredak sveta, Zavod za udžbenike i nastavna sredstva, Belgrade, 1999, pp. 161-166; Džozef S. Naj, Paradoks američke moći, BMG, Belgrade, 2004, pp. 19-63; 230-235; (totally 491 pages out of which 171 for test which, if passed, relieves the student of that part at the final examination)

b) additional : 1. Čarls V. Kegli, Jr, Judžin Vitkof, Svetska politika – trend i transformacija, Centar za studije Jugoistočne Evrope, Fakultet političkih nauka Univerziteta u Beogradu, Diplomatska akademija Ministarstva spoljnih poslova Srbije i Crne Gore, Belgrade, 2004; 2. Pol Kenedi, Uspon i pad velikih sila, CID Podgorica, Službeni list SRJ, Belgrade, 1999; 3. Džozef Naj, Paradoks američke moći – zašto jedina supersila ne može sama, BMG, Belgrade, 2004; 4. Zbignjev Bžežinski, Velika šahovska tabla, CID, Podgorica, 1999; 5. Zbinjev Bžežinski, Američki izbor – globalna dominacija ili globalno vođstvo, Politička kultura, Zagreb, CID, Podgorica, 2004; 6. Henri Kisindžer, Da li je Americi potrebna spoljna politika – u susret diplomatiji XXI veka, BMG, Belgrade, 2003; 7. Frensis Fukujama, “Kraj istorije”, III Program Radio Beograda, No. 84, 1990 pp. 141-162; 8. Samjuel Hantington, “Sudar civilizacija”, in: Branko Milinković, Sanja Milinković, Nacionalne manjine u međunarodnom i jugoslovenskom pravnom poretku, Međunarodna politika, Belgrade, 1997, pp. 327-350

Assessment of knowledge

Pre-examination commitments

  • Activity during the lectures 10
  • Colloquim(a) 30

Final examination

  • Oral examination 60