- Courses in English and Croatian
- International excursions
- 2.5 G.P.A.
- Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
- Completed API Application
- University contact information form
- One letter of recommendation
- Copy of passport
- Entry requirements: valid passport
Dates & Fees
If you require syllabi that are not listed below, please contact your API Program Manager.
Students may select 4-5 courses per term. Students may select courses from any of the sections available in a particular term.
FIRST YEAR FALL COURSES
Comparative Religions (3) [Syllabus]
The purpose of this course is to become acquainted with the different views, ideas, and practices of the major world religions with an emphasis on their role in shaping the systems of values and thought of the cultures where these religions are dominant. In addition to giving students a historical and general overview, this course will also allow them to explore some of the social and political issues related to these world religions.
Introduction to Statistics (3) [Syllabus]
The course aims to introduce students to the study of statistics and familiarize them with observation, collection, organization, analysis, and interpretation of data in order to describe or predict various concepts, trends or phenomena. The course will present both on descriptive statistics required to numerically or graphically summarize and interpret a collection of data in a clear and coherent way, and on predictive (or inferential) statistics used to draw conclusions and make predictions based on the descriptions of data. Students will gain an understanding of basic statistical tools and methods and their application in social sciences. Indeed, the focus of the course is not on mathematical theory or computation, but rather on the practical understanding and application of statistical reasoning and data. The course will challenge students to develop critical and analytical reasoning skills through a high level of class participation and applied assignments.
Political Concepts and Ideologies (3) [Syllabus]
This course introduces political theory by focusing on classical ideas (the state, freedom, equality, justice, democracy, citizenship, punishment), classical ideologies (liberalism, conservatism, socialism, anarchism, nationalism, fascism), contemporary ideologies (feminism, multiculturalism, ecologism, fundamentalism), and contemporary ideas (human rights, civil disobedience, political violence, global justice). This course introduces the major approaches to political issues that have shaped the modern world, and the ideas that form the currency of political debate.
The course objectives are as follows:
- Understanding the meaning of basic political concepts.
- Understanding basic ideologies and their answers to political questions.
- Identifying political questions in the modern world.
- Using analytical skills required in the political analyses.
- Expressing ideas through the study of cases of actual political dilemmas that appear in the world.
- Understanding and demonstrating principles of political reasoning.
Principles of Economics (3)
This course introduces students to the basic principles of economics and economic theory. The course will cover topics including supply and demand as the basic elements of the market; analysis of the behavior of economic subjects such as individuals and businesses and explanation of their market interactions; basic theories of production and expenses; and the functioning of concurrent markets. The course will also offer an introduction to various market structures, including monopolies, oligopolies, and monopolistic competition. Finally, the course will offer an analysis of factors affecting production and economic efficacy, as well as the role of the state in economics.
Writing Skills (3) [Syllabus]
This course aims to prepare students to express their thoughts and ideas in English within the conventions of academic writing. The course provides students with strategies to use when writing essays in a variety of situations related to their academic disciplines. Its approach emphasizes process, training, and practice in writing and critical reading. Course objectives include: recognizing the value of varied sentence structures; demonstrating how to organize paragraphs using different patterns and strategies; planning and organizing an essay to support a thesis with a clear introduction, body and conclusion sections; establishing and developing a thesis to meet the purpose, audience and length requirements for an essay; understanding the composing process including drafting, revision and editing of an essay; learning how to research and select substance to support the thesis; effectively paraphrasing and quoting from sources; identifying and employing essay types for academic assignments; knowing how to incorporate sources and avoid plagiarism; recognizing and relating course content to specific needs of academic disciplines; understanding the relationship between being a critical reader and an effective writer.
SECOND YEAR FALL COURSES
Introduction to Law (3) [Syllabus]
In the lectures, we will cover the main strands of legal theory, from natural legal theories to positivist theories, from various theories related to human rights and ultimately to critical legal studies and postmodern theories. The aim is not to study each theory in-depth but to allow students to get the general idea of the positions various legal theories have developed in relation to the concept of law. The course will thus not provide merely the study of legal theory but will instead use that as a standpoint to study the real-life impact of the law, both on national and international scale.
Theories of International Relations (3) [Syllabus]
This course introduces students to the mainstream theories/perspectives (realism, liberalism, identity and critical theory) and levels of analysis (international, domestic, individual and foreign policy) in international relations. The goal of the course is to explain the aforementioned theories and levels of analysis and show how they apply to world events and processes (international conflict and war, globalization and world economy, environmental issues etc.).
- To understand the basic theories that explain international events and processes.
- To be able to apply those basic theories to different international events and processes.
- To understand the different levels of analysis at which international events and processes can be analyzed and explained.
- To be able to apply those levels of analysis to different international events and processes.
- To broaden the students understanding of basic concepts in international relations.
- To introduce the students to the mainstream issues in international relations such as war and conflict, economy, globalization and environmental issues and teach the students to analyze them through the above-mentioned framework of theories and levels of analyses.
- To enhance the students’ overall analytical apparatus in terms of political theory, philosophy, international relations and diplomacy.
THIRD YEAR FALL COURSES
European Union (3) [Syllabus]
Students in this course will learn the process of EU development and explore the role of basic EU institutions. This course helps students to understand the significance of the European Union as an actor in international affairs (foreign, security, defense, environment, trade) and provide a simulated experience of recent daily developments within the EU. Students will learn about the interaction of EU institutions and the recent power shifts and discuss the potential future developments, analyze the relationship of national vs. European identity, and understand the enlargement process of the EU.
Geopolitics (3) [Syllabus]
This course aims to provide students with insights into the theoretical, historical and contemporary political aspects of geopolitics. The course will focus on analytical examination of the terms “geography” and “politics” in relation to the concepts of nation-state, political power (military, energetic, economic etc.), balance of power, and with the work of some of the main figures of geopolitical thought: A. Mahan; H. Mackinder; N. Spykman; Z. Brzezinski etc. On these theoretical bases, the course will cover the development of geopolitics 1500s up until 2000s – contemporary geopolitical issues in Middle-east, Russian pipelines, oil-geopolitics – and beyond.
Thesis I (3)
This course reviews earlier methodological courses. Students will engage in independent research and search through domestic and international scientific periodicals as well as sources from the Internet. Students will utilize correct citation techniques needed for their final work; discuss the mentoring and candidate relationships.
FIRST YEAR SPRING COURSES
Communication Skills (3) [Syllabus]
The main goal of this course is to develop general skills for effective communication in international relations and diplomacy. Special emphasis is on acquiring higher levels of competence, knowledge, and skills in the relevant areas of communication. Students will become familiar with the basic principles of communication, models, strategies of international communication, the importance of cultural context, the basics of verbal and non-verbal communication, barriers in communication, diplomatic and international correspondence, preparation and performing presentations.
History of Diplomacy (3) [Syllabus]
Part 1 of this course deals with the development of diplomacy principally in Europe, starting with the Italian states and particularly Venice in the 15th century, as one of the first states to maintain permanent embassies abroad. The course will then deal with the of diplomacy in the major European disputes and wars and their eventual settlement, starting with the religious wars in the 16th and 17th centuries, the major territorial disputes in Europe, continuing with the reorganization of Europe by the Congress of Vienna and ending with the creation of national states in Italy and Germany.
By focusing on major political events and the influence of exemplary diplomatic personalities upon them and vice versa, the course will analyze the changing concepts of principally European diplomacy and the role which it played as a result of these changing concepts.
In Part 2 of the course Prof. Dr. Miomir Žužul will address the major developments in the history of diplomacy in the 20th century.
Introduction to the History of Civilizations (3) [Syllabus]
This course will explore the evolution of six major civilizations; Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan/Roman, Hindu, and Chinese. The course will examine the following questions: what are the similarities and what are the differences between these civilizations; which of these civilizations can truly hold the epithet of the “cradle of modern civilization; why was the social development different in Europe unlike Middle and the Far East? Following the dawn of ancient civilizations; by examining art, philosophy, religion, science, politics and social life of the time, the course will encompass the Ancient period and the Middle-Ages, up to the Renaissance and modern “Industrial era”. The goal of the course is to provide students with a critical understanding of the history of civilizations’ tradition, and what this tradition means today in the age of globalization.
Introduction to International Relations (3) [Syllabus]
This course is designed to introduce students to international politics, to explore important historical and contemporary questions and debates in international affairs, and to teach students to think critically about international relations. The course will help students to better understand concepts of major perspectives on international relations and to use these concepts as an analytical tool for better understanding of the phenomena of international relations.
Introduction to Social Research Methods (3) [Syllabus]
This course provides students with the basic knowledge and skills needed to understand, explain, interpret and conduct basic research in the social sciences with emphasis on political science. They will be introduced to the principles of social scientific research, learn how to formulate, prove and disprove hypotheses, learn how to interpret measurements, and design their own research projects. Additionally, they will learn how to approach their own thesis work with honesty and thoroughness.
SECOND YEAR SPRING COURSES
Comparative Political Systems (3) [Syllabus]
This upper-level course will be divided into three parts:
- Introduction to the study of comparative politics
- Regimes, states, and institutions
- Special topics in comparative politics
International Organizations (3) [Syllabus]
This course will explore the historical idea of the “International Organization” that emerged in Europe in the 18th century; its development in the 19th century; and finally its rise in the 20th century, to become the major factor in international life of states.
Qualitative vs. Quantitative: Methods of Social Research (3)
This course introduces students to the basic philosophical and ethical categories important in scientific research. Students will learn quantitative and qualitative approaches to research and writing in the social sciences, as well as how to formulate, verify and/or falsify hypotheses in the social sciences. The course will cover the methods of writing academic and scientific papers (essays, critical reviews, theses etc…), and students will study the basics of measurement, sampling, and research design.
THIRD YEAR SPRING COURSES
Diplomacy (3) [Syllabus]
The overall aim of the course will be to introduce students to the art of diplomacy in the Western Tradition, with an emphasis on modern diplomacy, starting in the 19th century and continuing to present-day. In particular, the course will stress the evolution of the ambassador’s role over time and how the impact of such factors as technology, communications, and ideology have affected the efficacy of the diplomatic process. Students will be instructed on the evolution of what Harold Nicolson called “diplomatic method”, with emphasis on an appreciation of the changes brought about in the aims and capabilities of diplomacy as an element in the peaceful resolution of conflict.
Students will be shown the relationship of diplomacy to the political system be provided with a clear account of the shape and functions of the world diplomatic system as it stands at the beginning of the 21st century: what it is, what it does, and why it is important. The course aims to provide knowledge of the nature of diplomacy; when diplomacy is appropriate; the advantages and disadvantages of different diplomatic methods; and the lexicon of diplomacy. Students will be given a strong grasp of the nature of diplomacy conceived as a specialized professional activity developed over many centuries, and be able to defend its value with authority and enthusiasm.
Finally, the course will focus on practical cases in diplomacy to illustrate the role of the diplomat as well as the possibilities and techniques of diplomatic action.
Ethics in International Relations (3)
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OTHER COURSE OFFERINGS
The following are examples of previous courses offered to Libertas semester students. These courses may not be available each term and are subject to change.
Croatian Language (3)
Students will be presented with a basic review of the complete Croatian language system. The course will teach students how to communicate in common, every-day situations.
Economics of Development (3) [Syllabus]
This course will examine economic and political development in theory and practice. In Professor McCormick’s half of the course, we will explore theories of modernity, growth, and development through a look at the experiences of Western and developing countries. We will focus on obstacles to development by examining the cases of the world’s poorest nations. We will conclude with a debate on the dilemma of foreign aid: is it a force for good or evil?
International Conflict, Security, and Peace (3)
The course focuses on several issues in international conflict, international security, and international peace. It alternates between large-scale theoretical matters of international conflict and peace, and the everyday security issues that states face within an international system and how they face them. At the level of large-scale theory, it addresses issues and questions about the structure of the international system, the immediate and underlying causes of war, the realist tradition and its critics. This part of the course also includes historical observations of some of the most thoroughly discussed conflicts in human history — such as the Peloponnesian and second Punic War in antiquity and the two World Wars in the 20th century. Considerations of peace will include the basic perspectives on peacekeeping and give an overview of the international institutions that are responsible for peacekeeping. Several current peacekeeping dilemmas will also be addressed. Security issues and issues of contemporary practice will be discussed by international and Croatian professionals from the field of national and international security.
Economics is a social science that examines a set of questions that have to do with the production, distribution, and consumption of the resources that are necessary to sustain life and that otherwise enrich our lives. In this course, students will examine the following questions:
- Who decides what (and how much of it) will be produced in an economy?
- Once production is completed, how do we—as a society—decide who will get what?
- Why are some things very cheap while other things are very expensive?
Rise and Fall of Yugoslavia (3) [Syllabus]
The key aim of the course is to help students form a non-biased understanding of the key discourses concerning the rise and fall of Yugoslavia. ‘Yugoslavia’ was and remains a site of competing narratives and interpretations, presented in various forms both locally and internationally, with often unpredictable moral and political effects. Hence, the course is designed so as to reflect a multitude of often dissonant voices that underpinned the state’s origins, preserved the state for a while in social-political imagination and practice, and finally contributed to its rapid, but not inevitable, dissolution in the 1990s. The voices were couched in dominant ideological vocabularies, predominantly Marxist and national or religious, but the sites/contexts of political/discursive struggle were very varied and extended to the domains of law, art and cultural production, education, history, and social and economic policy. The course is of an interdisciplinary character, presented in a multi-media form; and it draws on ideas, reflections, and theories from different disciplines including political theory, international relations, legal theory, history, cultural studies, and critical discourse analysis.
Southeastern Europe (3)
The aim of this course is, first, to enable the students to learn as much as possible about the dynamics of the region (SEE) including primarily its political, economic, cultural, legal, and diplomatic aspects. Bearing in mind the complexity of the region, such an aim can be achieved only to a moderate degree. Secondly, and more importantly, the course also aims at enabling the students to learn how to use the regional dynamics/relations as a cognitive tool to discuss and explore some key issues, concepts, and topics in both diplomatic and political theory. In other words, with the focus on the region, the course is designed so that the regional dynamics can be utilized to explore some concepts that have a universal prominence and are thus
applicable to any other region. Such a design is especially adapted to the fact of the diversity of the students’ interests and to the fact that a majority of social issues are nowadays of interdisciplinary character and can be examined only through the interdisciplinary lens.
World Political History (3) [Syllabus]
The course examines the history of pre-modern political societies, their structures and relations; and the history of socio-political transformations after the Peace of Westphalia in 1648. With the creation of the modern political system, the focus will be on the comparison of pre-modern and modern political ideas, ideologies, culture, and political and economic institutions. The goal of the course is to provide students with the critical historical and contextual understanding of contemporary world politics.
Additional courses have included:
- Art History
- Comparative Legal Tax
- Development Economy
- Economy of the European Union
- Economic Policy
- Economics of Labor
- English I
- English II
- History of Philosophy
- The History of Political Ideas
- International Economics
- International Business
- International Business Law
- International Politics and International Relations
- Introduction to Psychology
- International Public Law
- Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
- Latin Language
- Multilateral Diplomacy
- NATO and Other Security Organizations
- The Problems of the Contemporary World
- Political Philosophy
- Project Management
- Regional Comparative Studies
- Social Psychology
- Strategic Management
- Techniques and Diplomacy Skills
- Theory and Practice of Negotiation