SSST Subjects

Introduction to BiH Politics

Political Science


 International Relations


Programme(s) where module is offered

  • BA: Major in Political Science/International Relations

STATUS:  (main, optional, Free Choice)



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Unit Value



Semester taught



Pre-Requisite Modules or Qualifications



Module Code

PS 260


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Educational Aims of the Module

  • Building on the previously acquired knowledge of domestic politics theories and state institutional designs, as well as general understanding of IR, the course is designed to introduce students to the main trends and concerns of contemporary BiH politics.
  • This includes understanding of historical processes that have shaped contemporary BiH, as well as regional and international contexts of BiH political processes.
  • The course seeks to provide ground for critical understanding and evaluation of current trends in BiH in the context of larger, regional and international developments, especially the challenges to liberal-democratic paradigm of democratization and statebuilding, and the complexities of international interventions.
  • More generally, in the overall scheme of the degree programme, the course presents the opportunity for students to employ their theoretical knowledge of politics, domestic and international, in understanding a specific area and its politics.

Module Outline/Syllabus

  • Introduction to the course design, overview and protocols
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina in Historical Perspective: The Ottoman Period
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina in Historical Perspective II: The Habsburg Rule
  • BiH in Historical Perspective III: WWI and inter-war period
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina in Historical Perspective IV: WWII and the Period between1945-1990
  • ‘Politics’ of War and the Dayton Agreement
  • BiH Constitution and Constitutional Debates
  • Critical Analysis of BiH Institutional Design
  • Democratization: Norms, Practices and Challanges
  • International Community and BiH politics
  • BiH in the South East Europe region
  • Ideologies and BiH political sphere
  • Religion and BiH political sphere
  • BiH Politics Beyond Party Politics?
  • Concluding discussions and course revisions

Student Engagement Hours

Type Number per Term Duration Total Time
Total Guided/Independent Learning Hours 155
Total Contact Hours 45
Total Engagement Hours 200

Assessment Method Summary

Type Number Required Duration / Length Weighting Timing / Submission Deadline
Final exam 1 180 minutes 40% End of semester
Individual and group presentations,
class discussion, in-class text reviews.
Term paper     40%  

Module Outcomes

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Course readings and class discussion. TS: 1, 2, 3, 5
  • Individual and group presentations and discussions on current political issues. TS: 1, 2, 3, 5
  • Class presentations and reviews. TS: 1, 2, 3, 4,, 5
  • Brief presentation by the instructor. TS: 1, 2, 3, 5
  • Joint class reading of newspaper articles and policy-documents on specific political concerns  and discussion. TS: 1, 2, 3, 5
  • Individual discussions/tutorials with students as needed and detailed feedback on their assignments. TS: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Strategy

  • Ability to critically analyze and interpret  policy documents, political events and phenomena.
  • Ability to employ politicotheoretical and historical knowledge in analysis of specific political processes and phenomena.
  • Public speaking, clarity of oral argument and presentation
  • Clarity of written argument and presentation.
  • Ability of multi-perspectival analysis of political issues and of engaging with different standpoints.

Key Texts and/or other learning materials

Set text

  • Banac, I. National Identities (reference details to be confirmed)
  • Donia, R. and J. Fine, BiH: A Tradition Betrayed 
  • Donia, R. Sarajevo: A Biography of the City
  • Dzaja, S. (reference details to be confirmed)
  • General Framework Agreement for Peace in BiH
  • Haveric, T. Ethnos and Democracy

Supplementary Materials

  • Holbrooke, R. To end a War
  • Little, A and L. Silber, Death of Yugoslavia
  • Malcolm, N. A Short History of Bosnia
  • Mujkic, A. We, the Citizens of Ethnopolis
  • Rhode, D: The Endgame
  • Vlaisavljevic, U. Ethnopolitcs (reference details to be confirmed)

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