Courses and Syllabi


        COURSE LOAD - SPRING 2017

Department of Political Science and International Relations \ BACHELOR 

CODE SubjectCrd  Instructor № stdGrp   Lang Prerequisite
PSIR150 Ancient and Mediaval social history of political thought \Qədim və Orta əsr sosial siyasi fikir tarixi 3 Kanan Allahverdiyev 31 1 AZE PSIR110
PSIR250 History of International Relations-A \Beynəlxalq
Münasibətlər Tarixi
3 Baba Bayramli 48 1 ENG  
PSIR250 History of International Relations-B \Beynəlxalq
Münasibətlər Tarixi
3 Gunay Bayramova 35 1 ENG  
PSIR251 International Organizations-A \Beynəlxalq Təşkilarlar 3 Elmar Mustafayev 33 1 ENG  
PSIR251 International Organizations-B \Beynəlxalq Təşkilarlar 3 Ayaz Rzayev 51 1 ENG  
PSIR252 Culture and Art of Europe \Avropa mədəniyyəti
və incəsənəti
3 Elsevar Mammadov 12 1 ENG  
PSIR350 Political Sociology \Siyasi Sosiologiya 3 Mahammad Muradov 20 1 ENG  
PSIR352 International Political Economy \Beynəlxalq
Siyasi İqtisadiyyat
3 Zibar Huseynova 20 1 ENG PSIR303
PSIR475 Nation and Nationalism \Millət və Millətçilik 3 Fatma Alakbarova 20 1 ENG  
PSIR351 Foreign Policy of Azerbaijan \Azərbaycanın xarici
3 Rashad Aghazade 37 1 ENG  
PSIR451 Modern Integration Processes \Müasir İnteqrasiya
3 Mukhtar Hajizade
(Jean Monnet)
30 1 ENG PSIR301
PSIR358 Democracy: Theory and Practice-A \Demokratiya:
nəzəriyyə və təcrübə-A
3 Rashad Aghazade 37 1 ENG  
PSIR358 Democracy: Theory and Practice-B \Demokratiya:
nəzəriyyə və təcrübə-B
3 Rashad Aghazade 25 1 ENG  
PSIR460 European Union Law \Avropa Birliyi hüququ 3 Zibar Huseynova 26 1 ENG HIST144
PSIR450 Comparative Politics \Müqayisəli Siyasət 3 Elvin Yusifli 41 1 ENG PSIR110
PSIR357 Ethnopsychology of European Countries \Avropa
Ölkələrinin Etnopsixologiyası
3 Kanan Allahverdiyev 10 1 ENG PSIR250
PSIR356 Conflictology \Konfliktologiya 3 Aygul Ismayilova 9 1 ENG  
PSIR452 World Economy \Dünya İqtisadiyyatı 3 Ziya Mursalzade 10 1 ENG  
PSIR501 Internship \Təcrübə 3 Mukhtar Hajizade
(Jean Monnet Chair)
36 1    
Department of Political Science and International Relations \ Masters on International Relations
PSIR551 Contemporary issues of international relations \
Beynəlxalq münasibətlərin müasir problemləri
3 Baba Bayramli 4 1 ENG  
PSIR400 Research Methods \ Tədqiqat metodları 3 Elsevar Mammadov 4 1 ENG  
PSIR552 Comparative Regionalisms \Müqayisəli Regionalizmlər 3 Mukhtar Hajizada
(Jean Monnet Chair)
4 1 ENG  
PSIR553 Global Security and Governance \Qlobal təhlükəsizlik
və idarəçilik
3 Elmar Mustafayev 4 1 ENG  
PSIR576 Democracy: Theory and Practice \Demokratiya:
nəzəriyyə və təcrübə
3 Rashad Aghazade 4 1 ENG  
PSIR651 Internship (Apprenticeship) \Elmi-pedaqoji təcrübə 3 Mukhtar Hajizada
(Jean Monnet Chair)
1 1 ENG  
THES600 Thesis \Magistr dissertasiyasının müdafiəsi     1 1 ENG  

For the Spring 2017 semester syllabi please click here 





Introduction to Political Science


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.



Contemporary social history of 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 discipline, and analyzes the state of political science in Azerbaijan.



Theory of International Relations


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.




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.



Public International Law


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.




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.



History of Parlamentarism



This course covers historical, political and social aspects of the development of parliamentarism, including first cradles of parliamentarism from the ancient period. It touches upon organizational structure of modern parliaments, their role and place in the system of national public authorities. The aim of this course is to study the essence of parliamentarism itself and various models of parliamentary systems in the world. The course also examines the role of inter-parliamentary cooperation in the contemporary system of international relations and analyzes parliamentary diplomacy, as a comparatively new trend complementing traditional diplomacy. Additionally, the course reviews traditions of parliamentarism in Azerbaijan and focuses on countries with fundamental parliamentary traditions, such as Great Britain, France, Turkey etc



Political Psychology


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.



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.



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.



Economy of Europe


 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.


Political system and foreign policy of EU

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.


Research Methods in PS


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.


History of Europe


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


European Literature


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.






Ancient and Medieval social history of 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.  


Comparative Politics

This course provides a comparative analysis of democratic and non-democratic political systems taking a comprehensive view of institutional, economic and cultural variables and aims to introduce students to fundamentals of political systems and impart the necessary knowledge and skills to understand, criticize, and apply various conceptual approaches.


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.


International Organizations

This course will explore and analyze 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. 



Culture and Art of Europe

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.  



Foreign Policy of Azerbaijan

This course provides an introduction to basic foreign policy and diplomacy principles and offers detailed discussion of Azerbaijan's foreign policy issues. The course provides knowledge, skills and analytical tools for an informed analysis of external relations of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

The main objective of this course is to familiarize students with the practice and procedures of Azerbaijan’s diplomatic service and the course will cover key thematic and geographical priorities of Azerbaijan’s foreign policy.


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.



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.



Energy Diplomacy in Contemporary IR


This course aims to give insights into global oil and gas markets and provide a comprehensive knowledge about the key elements of international energy relations. Moreover, it provides vision for assesing future trends of energy diplomacy, focusing on new trends such as alternative and nuclear energy.



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.



Ethnopsychology of European Countries

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 familiarized with the literature on the ethnopsychological research studying the behavioral patterns of the peoples.



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.



EU Law

The course provides lectures on the evolution, structure, institutions and sources of EU law and the position of this body of law in the legal systems of the member states. It will discuss the democratic nature of the EU, its stance of the protection of fundamental rights, and the relationship between the welfare state and EU law.


Modern Integration 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.


World Economy

The aim 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.



Nation and Nationalism


What is a nation? How is the national identity constructed? What are the different types of nationalism? How does the nation-state come into being? These and other questions will be addressed by the course on Nations and Nationalism. It will cover the key theoretical and conceptual approaches to the study of nationalism. Case studies will be presented to facilitate students' understanding of these theories and concepts.


PSIR 576

Democracy: Theory and Practice

This introductory course aims to provide students of social sciences with key perspectives on democratic governments with basic knowledge of historical and contemporary models of democracy. The course takes a historical approach to analyze the transformation of Western democratic tradition in comparison with local democratic transformations. 

The objective of this course is to help students understand the multiplicity of meanings historically attached to the idea of democracy and to offer the picture of how a democratic form of government should look and work like in today’s world.


PSIR 553

Global Security and Governance

This module explores the institutional elements of global governance, the role of institutions in interdependent world and equips students with the knowledge of global governance and security vulnerabilities.  The course aims to develop theoretical and practical knowledge of the students on international institutions’ and nation-states’ role in global security, conflict management and other complex issues that challenge global security landscape.


PSIR 552

Comparative Regionalisms

The emergence of international institutions that shape collective action within geographical regions have also incorporated an external relations component triggering group-to-group relations. This course places explains the dynamics and the complexities of the international regionalisms and how they interact with each other. It looks at how the European Union triggered regional integration in the world and examines the reasons behind the proliferation of various integration schemes. It also familiarizes students with major theories of regional integration as well as the practical aspects of the European Union, which is not only an economic and political union of the European states, but remains to be the most advanced model of integration in the modern world. The course discusses the interrelationships among the regional trade blocs in facilitating global integration processes; provides comparative analysis of institutionalized relationships between various regions of the world, including in North America, Africa, Latin America, South America, South-East Asia, and the Asia-Pacific region.