Course Descriptions




PSIR 110

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.


Ancient and Medieval social history of Political thought

The History of Ancient and Medieval Political Thoughts is a science about political science, political processes and institutions, and the concepts related to the historical development of political power. The most important goal of the politology that reflects the diversity of society's political life is to give scientific information and use it for public development.


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.


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 is designed for the undergraduate students. The course addresses the main aspects of international relations during ancient times, middle ages, modern and contemporary historical periods.


International Organizations

This course will explore and analyze a number of approaches to understanding international organizations and their role in modern security architecture.


Culture and Art of Europe

This course is designed for undergraduate students who will be introduced to the history of cultural and artistic movements in Europe from ancient periods till modern times. It focuses primarily on artistic, literary and intellectual movements existed in Europe during these periods.


Theories of International Relations

This course provides an introduction to some of the major theoretical perspectives on the 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 the conceptual skills necessary for an informed analysis of international affairs.


Modern Diplomacy

Aimed at giving the students the general knowledge about tasks, principles, theoretical and practical aspects of modern diplomacy, Modern Diplomacy course addresses such questions as nature of diplomacy; foreign policy organization, structure and assessments; diplomatic correspondence; diplomatic styles and methods; dynamics of negotiations; interrelations of diplomacy with trade and security; analysis of international treaties and agreements. 



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, the impact of government policies, macroeconomic indicators, and macroeconomic problems such as unemployment and inflation. The course offers an overview of the causes of unemployment as well as its consequences.


Public International Law

This course is intended to introduce students to the basic concepts and problems of public international law and the 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. 


Foreign Policy of Azerbaijan

This course provides an introduction to basic foreign policy and diplomacy principles and offers the 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.


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.


Foreign Policy of Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan as the strongest state of the South Caucasus region leaped into the international arena by means of building extensive cooperation and integration by the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. The aim of the course is to provide comprehensive understanding/evaluate the foreign policy of Azerbaijan since its independence in 1991 until today and examine its foreign policy course toward regional and global powers, such as Russia, Iran, Turkey, the USA, and Israel.


International Political Economy

This course provides an investigation on how governmental issues affect the global economy and how world economy impacts politics. Students will be offered a wide range of readings on the theoretical approaches to IPE throughout the course.


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 a vision for assessing 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 the 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.


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 the 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.


History of Parliamentarism

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 the 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.


NATO and Security Studies

This module is divided into 2 main parts: 1) the first part provides the analysis of historical events starting from the end of the WWII until the collapse of the Soviet Union. Cold War, containment, proxy wars, and the new-world-order following the end of the short century are the topics of discussion of this part; 2) the second part focuses on the structure and fundamental tasks of the NATO. The role of the NATO in new-world order - enlargement, fight against the terrorism, cybersecurity, and the scramble for power with Russia and other major and regional powers - is going to be handled.


Research Methods in PS

This course is designed for undergraduate students. It will introduce students to basic concepts, methods, and techniques of scientific research. The course starts with the introduction of basic knowledge on science and empirical research, which will help students to familiarize themselves with the cornerstones of empirical research, such as hypothesis, variables, and concepts. In this part, students will also learn about the methods of specifying research question and building theory in political science research. Further, students will be presented to core research concepts including research design, measurement of hypothesis, qualitative and quantitative methods, data collection and analysis methods, 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 groups will 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.


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.


Political systems of Azerbaijan and FC

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, USA and some of the European countries are also discussed.


Political system and foreign policy of EU

This module is an introduction to an ever-growing political structure and foreign policy dimension of the EU. It starts with the political developments following the WWII that triggered the integration and political convergence among the European countries and ends with the political developments aftermath the Brexit referendum that left the EU in vague condition. The first part of the course focuses on the Treaties of the EU that led to the establishment of the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the role of the EU institutions in decision making and implementation processes. The second part deals with the foreign policy and promotion of EU norms and values abroad. It explores the sweeping foreign policy tools - incentives, rewards or sanctions via conditionality or lesson-drawing and socialization mechanisms - in relations with other states: candidate states, ENP states (Eastern Partnership & Union for the Mediterranean), and states of other regions.


Economy of European Countries

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 specialization in global economy, its ability to influence the global economic development, and assesses the current economic policies of the European Union.


Comparative Politics

This course explores the strategies of comparativeness in political science. It examines different governmental methods and subsequently highlights some of the big issues of comparative politics, using case studies examples indicating the act of comparing as a means to disclose observed phenomena.

The purpose of the course is to provide students of political science with theoretical skills significant to a knowledgeable scrutiny of modern political systems.

At the end of the course, students should be versed in with the essentials of political systems in the background of different governance models and have the main knowledge and ability to find out the logic behind the systematic research.


Modern Integration Processes

This course place 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 a 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 the global economy. It focuses on the formation and development of the global economy, the potential of the global economy, the mechanism of the global economy and its problems. The course will provide the students with the 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.


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 the 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.


EU Law

The course will provide 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 on the protection of fundamental rights, and the relationship between the welfare state and EU law.

The course will pursue the following objectives:

• promote understanding of the institutional architecture of the EU, including the horizontal relationship between the institutions and the vertical relationship between the EU and its Member States;

• provide a foundational knowledge of the creation and constitution of the European Union;

•  discuss practical cases in the areas of EU law covered


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.


Energy Diplomacy

The course will focus on how oil become an international commercial product that has been playing a crucial role in the formation of contemporary global economy and politics. The impact of oil can be traced in almost any of the historically and globally important developments such as industrialization, global and national economic growths as well as economic downturns, and of course wars of every scope, including domestic, civil, regional and world wars. The course will provide all the necessary directions and sources to understand the fundamentals of politics and economics of energy.






Research Methods

This course is designed for undergraduate students. It will introduce students to basic concepts, methods, and techniques of scientific research. The course starts with the introduction of basic knowledge on science and empirical research, which will help students to familiarize themselves with the cornerstones of empirical research, such as hypothesis, variables, and concepts. In this part, students will also learn about the methods of specifying research question and building theory in political science research. Further, students will be presented to core research concepts including research design, measurement of hypothesis, qualitative and quantitative methods, data collection and analysis methods, etc.

In general, the course is composed of three modules: 1) scientific research and its building blocks; 2) modes of data gathering (content analysis, elite interviewing, survey research, observation); 3) Analysis of collected data.


Contemporary Issues of International Relations

This course is designed to provide the postgraduate students with knowledge and understanding about the contemporary issues in international relations. The main focus of the course will be on the major discussions and issues in the global arena that shape foreign and domestic policies of world countries.  A contextual analysis focusing on the political, economic, social and cultural factors affecting the international relations will be looked at throughout the teaching process. The particular emphasis will be on the theoretical and empirical understanding of international security and globalization. The key concepts including but not limited to war, terrorism, ethnic conflict will be analyzed during the course. Environmental issues and migration along with others will also be covered.


Comparative Regionalisms

The course will focus on how regionalism has evolved historically in different regions of the world and different theoretical approaches explain these developments. The traces of regionalism can be observed in almost any part of the world each having its own characteristics depending on the region and period of history. To equip students with a comprehensive understanding of conceptual understanding of regionalism and empiric knowledge of the historical development of the regionalism in different regions of the globe.


Global Security & Governance

This course explores the evolution of international peace and security, as well as the role of international organizations in addressing main challenges for global security and governance. 

Purpose of this course is to introduce various theoretical approaches to international relations and to explore contemporary challenges to the global security and governance. The role of global institutions and groups, such as the United Nations, G7 and G20, as well as transnational companies will be in focus of this course.


EU Law

This course will provide necessary information about the European Integration from legal and institutional perspective. The aim, of course, is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the history and institutional structure of the European Communities, and analyses the law-making, the law enforcement, and the policy-making procedure within the Union, as well as, external relations of the Union. Through lectures, seminars and practical workshop, students will get relevant knowledge about the main futures of the EU Law. The main objective of this course is to familiarize students with history, institutional structure, law-making, the law enforcement, and the policy-making procedure within the Union, as well as, external relations of the Union.


Democracy: theory & 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 main 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.



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