Courses and Syllabi


PSIR 105
Introduction to Political Science (1 credit)

The aim of this course is to introduce students to political science as a discipline and provide a general overview of political theories. The students will explore topics such as political ideology,  political system, types of democracies, political processes and political participation, elections and voting systems, political conflict, and political culture. They will be able to differentiate between the various concepts of political science and understand political behavior.

PSIR 202
Modern and Contemporary Social and Political Thought

The course aims to discuss some of the fundamental ideas and concepts in modern and contemporary social and political thought. It also traces the evolution of social and political thought in Azerbaijan, the emergence of political science as a adiscipline, and analyzes the state of political science in Azerbaijan.
PSIR 300
Theories of International Relations (5 credits)

This course provides an introduction to some of the major theoretical perspectives on interaction of states and people in international relations and offers a comprehensive view of the dynamics of conflict and cooperation in international relations. The main objective of this course is to equip students with conceptual skills necessary for an informed analysis of international affairs. The students will familiarize themselves with the explanatory traditions in international relations, theories of strategic interaction, traditional and rationalist approaches to explaining the war, international alliances and security cooperation, and other relevant concepts.
PSIR 301
Modern Diplomacy (5 credits)

This course provides an overview of modern diplomatic history. It focuses on such topics as the nature of diplomacy, the organization of foreign policy, diplomatic correspondence, diplomatic styles and methods, dynamics of negotiations, interrelations of diplomacy with trade and security, analysis of international treaties and agreements. The course is aimed at giving the students the general knowledge about tasks, principles, and theoretical and practical aspects of modern diplomacy.

PSIR 303

This course introduces the basics of economic theory and provides the students with the skills needed to analyze economic developments in Azerbaijan and other countries. Among the topics covered by the course are demand and supply, impact of government policies, macroeconomic indicators, and macroeconomic problems such as unemployment and inflation. The course offers an overview of the causes behind unemployment as well as its consequences. It also familiarizes the students with some of the theories of the labor market functioning.

PSIR 304 
Public International Law (5 credits)

This course is intended to introduce students to the basic concepts and problems of public international law and international legal system. The course will cover major topics in this field such as the sources and subjects of international law, the origins and nature of the international legal system, the jurisdiction of states, the relationship between states and territory, state jurisdiction, jurisdictional immunities of states, self-determination of peoples international law and the use of force, the relationship between international law and the internal law of states, the international law of human rights and international criminal law.  The course will review and discuss a number of international law cases decided by national and international tribunals, as well as certain treaties, resolutions and other international legal instruments of importance

PSIR 354
Foundations of Azerbaijan's National Security ()

The present course provides an introduction to security studies, covering various major theoretical perspectives on security studies and contemporary security issues in the world at the basic level.  It also discusses Azerbaijan's national interests, threats to the country's national security, and the main directions of national security policy. A set of theoretical perspectives and contemporary issues are designed in a mutually complementary way. In addition, it gives directions to students to further deepen self-study in the area of security studies.  Mainly encouraged by the nature of the area and thus, deployed with an interdisciplinary approach in the process of designing, the course takes a look at the issues of concern on traditionally drawn boundaries between the security studies and other areas which serves to the purpose of keeping the perspective on security as wider as possible.

PSIR 400
Research Methods in Political Science (7 credits)

This course introduces students to some of the research tools applied in political science. It teaches how to develop a research design and collect, analyze, and present data. The students will become familiarized with the two types of research design: qualitative research and quantitative research. The course particularly focuses on research methods frequently used by political scientists, including interviewing, survey research, and comparative analysis. By the end of this course, students will be able to measure and evaluate political phenomena and gain skills for producing empirical research.

PSIR 401
Political Psychology (7 credits)

When one hears the term, political psychology, one might envision the study of elections, campaigns, and voting behavior. Although not inaccurate, this perception excludes a broad range of topics that fall within the purview of political psychology. The course will examine the interaction of political and psychological processes and their impact on behavior in both our local and global communities. Personality and politics; cognition, emotions, and attitudes in political psychology; social identities and the political psychology of groupswill be among the topics discussed by the course.

PSIR 403
Political and Economic Geography

This course studies geographic factors that affect the development of countries and explores the stages of formation of the modern political world map. It deals with the dynamics of world population and urbanization problems as well as identifies the place of Azerbaijan in the world's economic and political system.

PSIR 405
Political systems of Azerbaijan and foreign countries

This course seeks to introduce students to some of the most important issues in the field of political systems and institutions. The course begins with studying the history of political systems and continues with examining the contending theoretical approaches to political systems, and in particular to political institutions. Political regimes, informal and customary political systems, participation, policy processes, elections, legislatures, political finance and political parties are focused on later during the course. Political systems of the Republic of Azerbaijan, USAand some of the European countries are also discussed.

PSIR 453
Political system and foreign policy of European countries (7 credits)

The main purpose of this course is to explain the workings of the political system of the European Union. It will discuss the relations between the EU and its member-states and examine the exclusive, common, and supporting powers delegated to the EU which stands as a model of supranational union of states. The importance of political parties, interest groups, and public opinion in Europe will also be discussed along with the types of elections and elections to the European Parliament being held since 1979.

PSIR 411
Economy of Europe (7 credits)

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the concepts, processes, and phenomena with regards to the European economy. It looks at the main economic issues behind the integration process. The course also surveys the region's areas of speciaization in global economy, its ability to influence the global economic development, and assesses the current economic policies of the European Union.

LIT 308
European literature (3 credits)

The course provides an introduction into European literature. It studies European folklore, literary developments in different periods, various genres of poetry and prose. Students will explore some key trends in modern European literature and learn about the lives and works of the prominent writers and poets.

HIST 144
History of Europe (5 credits)

This course surveys contemporary historical developments in Europe. It studies the formation of the bipolar system of the Cold War, challenges stemming from European integration, French Gaullism, Austria's "Ostpolitik", "Eurocommunism", advances in nuclear technology. The course also examines the effects of global changes, such as the breakdown of the Bretton Woods system and the oil crises. Among other topics it also studies the disintegration of the Soviet bloc and the German reunification.


PSIR 150

Ancient and Medieval history of social and political thought 
This course familiarizes students with some of the significant works of social and political thought formulated in ancient and medieval times. It traces the evolution of social and political thought from antiquity through the Renaissance.  
PSIR 250
History of International Relations 

This course aims at introducing the students to the study of diplomatic history. Students will gain knowledge of diplomatic activities from ancient times onwards. In particular, they will be familiarized with the role of diplomacy in Ancient East, Ancient Greece, and Ancient Rome; peculiarities of diplomacy of Medieval times, Byzantime diplomacy, and diplomacy in the Arab Caliphate; diplomacy in Azerbaijan and the state of international relations in XV-XVIII centuries; the rise of capitalism and development of diplomacy; political history of the colonial era and the state of international relations in post-colonial world; diplomacy before and during WWI; Versailles congress; rise of Nazism in Europe and new trends in European diplomacy; diplomacy during WWII; the Cold War era and the dilemmas of "containment"; collapse of the Soviet Union and the New World Order; the place of Azerbaijan in the system of international relations.

PSIR 251
International Organizations

 This course will explore and analyse a number of approaches to understanding international organizations. It will cover the general approaches to the study of international organizations as well as explore certain formal international organizations and regional organizations. The aim of this course is to study the role of international organizations in world politics and to examine the prospects for global governance in the international system.  The course also examines Azerbaijan’s participation in various international organizations. 
PSIR 350
Political Sociology

 This course studies the relations between state, society, and citizens. Students will be introduced to the methods, categories, and concepts of political sociology, learn about the characteristics of sociological analysis of political life as well as the subjects and forms of political life. They will also become familiarized with social policy and social work and particularly with successes and difficulties of state-led social policy in Azerbaijan.
PSIR 352
International Political Economy 

 Combining history and theoretical approaches with contemporary issues and debates, the course will serve as an introduction to International Political Economy (IPE).Students will be offered a wide range of readings on the theoretical approaches to IPE including the global trade, global finance, as well as globalisation and its consequences on states, politics, production, etc.  The course investigates the global system of trade, investment, and finance, including the workings of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organisation.
ECON 353
International Economic Relations 

 The aim of this course is to introduce students to economic relations between countries. The course will study the underlying determinants of world market trends and the mechanisms of formation of world prices, international migration of labor and international labor markets, international integration processes, free economic zones, international currency exchange and world currency systems, international banks and stock exchanges, balance of payments. Topics like international economic relations and regulation of foreign economic activity and the role of Azerbaijan in the system of international economic relations will also be discussed.
PSIR 356

 This course discusses the theories, history, and essential concepts of conflict studies at early sessions before introducing major international conflicts and wars from around the world. WWI, WWII, The Korean War, The Vietnam War, the Bosnian War, the wars between India & Pakistan, the wars between Israel and Arab countries, the War in Afghanistan & the American-Iraqi War, will be thoroughly studied in respective sessions throughout semester. Regional conflicts such as Nagorno-Karabakh, South Ossetia and Abkhazia conflicts will also be discussed from a perspective of power politics in the South Caucasus.
PSIR 357
Ethnopsychology of Europe

 This course will introduce students to the peoples and nations in Europe and focus on the interaction between cultural and mental processes within Europe. It will learn about the European nations, geographical factors influencing their cultures, different language groups in Europe. Students will be familizarised with the literature on the ethnopsychological research studying the behavioral patterns of the peoples.
PSIR 451
Modern Intergration Processes 

 This course places explains the dynamics and the complexities of the modern integration processes. It looks at how the establishment of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) triggered regional integration in Western Europe and studies the proliferation of this integration scheme in Central and Eastern Europe. It also familiarizes students with major theories of European integration as well as the practical aspects of the European Union, which is not only an economic and political union of 28 states, but still remains to be the most advanced model of integration in the modern world. The course discusses the role of regional trade blocs in facilitating modern integration processes; provides comparative analysis of modern integration processes in different regions of the world, including in North America, Africa, Latin America, South America, South-East Asia, and the Asia-Pacific region. The relations between the European Union and other regions of the world are also assessed within the course.
PSIR 252
European Culture and Arts

 This course provides an introduction to the history of European arts and culture and focuses on artistic, intellectual, and literary movements of the region. It familiarizes students with the core elements that form the cultural foundations of contemporary Europe. Among other relevant subjects, the course also focuses on European cultural heritage, cultural heritage institutions, and European philosophy.                
PSIR 358
Democracy: Theory and Practice 

 This course familiarizes students with various theories that aim to provide an understanding of democratic governance and explain transitions from authoritarianism to democracy.  It also seeks to equip students with the knowledge of development of democratic institutions around the world. Major dimensions of democratic governance as well as various challenges to democratic consolidation will also be examined  within the course.
PSIR 404
European Union Law
The course examines the European integration from legal and institutional perspectives, the structure and institutions of the European Union, and analyses the law-making, the law enforcement, and the policy-making procedures within the Union. The major objective of this course is to enhance the students’ awareness of the general principles of European Union law.
ECON 390 
Global Economy

The aims of this course is to introduce students to various aspects of global economy. It focuses on the formation and development of global economy, the potential of global economy, the mechanism of global economy and its problems. The course will provide the students with skills and knowledge needed to understand and analyze global economic trends. It will also help students understand the flow of goods and services around the world and the policies utilized by different governments in this regard.