MSYP 2023

INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE.  Welcome to the exciting world of “Introduction to Political Science”! This course is designed for curious students ready to explore comparative politics, the Bosnian political system, and political theory and philosophy. Discover the fascinating diversity of political systems, delve into Bosnian politics, and engage with influential thinkers like Plato and Rousseau. Through interactive activities and thought-provoking discussions, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the forces shaping our world. Get ready to unlock the mysteries of politics, develop critical thinking skills, and become an empowered global citizen. Let’s embark on this thrilling journey together!

MOCK ELECTIONS.   This course would introduce students to the basics of the electoral process and encourage them to participate in a mock election. Students would learn about the different political parties and their platforms, how to register to vote, and the importance of civic engagement. They would then form their own political parties, create campaign materials, and hold a mock election to determine the winners. This course would provide a fun and interactive way for students to learn about politics and engage in the democratic process.

POWER TO PEOPLE.  Unleash Your Energy Potential by sparking change with Citizen Energy! Explore the concepts of energy transition, citizen-led initiatives, and energy cooperatives, all
while engaging in vibrant discussions, conducting thorough research, and honing your critical
thinking skills. As you delve into the course materials, you will be inspired to design and develop
your very own citizen energy initiative aimed at shaping a greener future. Get ready to
confidently present your visionary ideas, leaving a lasting impact on your peers. Together, let's
work on creating a world powered by renewable energy and driven by passionate young citizens
like you.

(POST)YUGOSLAVIAN PRODUCTIONS: BALKAN FILM STUDIES.  This course is an exploration of film from the area of former Yugoslavia, pre and post break up of the republic. We will watch several films from the region spanning from the 60s to present day and analyze and discuss them and their historical and social context during the course.

ECONOMICS & CLIMATE CHANGE.  The economics & climate change course will offer students an engaging and accessible introduction to the field of economics and its intersection with public issues such as climate change. Designed specifically for students without a background in economics, the course will provide a comprehensive overview of key concepts and theories related to human behavior, decision-making, and their implications for climate change. Through interactive discussions, activities, and real-world examples, students will gain a deeper understanding of the psychological factors that influence individual and collective actions related to climate change. By the end of the course, students will be equipped with valuable insights to address the challenges of climate change from a behavioral economics perspective.

WORLD LITERATURE AND WRITING.  In this course, we are going to explore literature from around the world and become writers. We are going to discuss narrative structures, character-driven plots, points of view, suspense, narrative voice, mood, and genres such as metafiction, fairytales, magical realism, nightmarish realism, and poetry. You will read short stories and poems from five continents and we will work together to analyze their meanings and their techniques, and discuss how stories can help us understand our own lives and experiences. By the end of the course you will have written your very own short story, which you will have the opportunity to share with your classmates (and you will hear their stories too!).

FILM HISTORY.   This course is an introduction to the magic behind movies. In it, we will learn about the fundamental components of filmmaking, such as editing, mise en scene, cinematography, sound, and special effects. Drawing on examples from classic films, we will analyze scenes in order to understand their filmmaking techniques and the effects of those techniques. You will work with a group to create a short original film, using some of the techniques discussed in class. By the end of the course you will have a general understanding of film history, the cinematic language used to convey stories on screen, and a short film of your own!

FACING THE FACES OF POWER.   This course aims to explain the dynamics of power relations in both political and social contexts by practical conceptualization and illustrations, based on Stephen Lukes’ three faces of power and Michel Foucault’s biopower and disciplinary power theories. For every face of power there will be exemplification with thematic case studies (students are encouraged to suggest their own topics of interest). The methodology will adopt the learner-centric and interactive approach. Learning through visualization, creative activities, simulation games, critical thinking and dialogical exchange will be emphasized.

COMMUNISM IN EASTERN EUROPE.   In this course, you will gain a foundational understanding of the history, politics, and economics of communism in Eastern Europe. The course will begin by introducing you to the basic concepts of socialism and centralized economic planning, in comparison to democracy and a free market economy; as well as look at the establishment of the Soviet Union with its satellite states and the importance of Soviet leaders on communist trajectories in Eastern Europe. Students will mainly focus on the communist systems, leaders, and revolutions in Eastern Europe and learn to distinguish and compare different regime types that emerged in Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, and Albania. The final two classes will examine the unraveling of the Soviet Empire. From the conditions that led to the 1989 revolutions in Eastern Europe which saw the end of communism and its replacement with democratic pluralism and free market liberalism in the Eastern Bloc, to the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. This course is well suited for students with no prior knowledge of the subject but rigorous enough in later stages for those with an advanced understanding of the topic.

RELATIONSHIPS, COMMUNICATION, AND RESPONSIBILITY. In this course we will learn about how we relate to ourselves and others, how to communicate well, and how to be responsible for one’s words and actions – ooh la la! Topics within this include the physiology of our bodies, gender, sexual orientation, self-love and intimacy, navigating sensitive content online, consent, and non-violent communication and accountability. However, the students themselves will get to decide what exactly we will cover and how they want to approach these topics. Hopefully at the end of this course we will have learnt more about ourselves and how to have healthier and more joyful relationships with ourselves and others!

THE TRUTH, THE LIES, AND THE MEDIA IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA. In this course you will gain a foundational understanding of the media context in Bosnia-Herzegovina. You will learn how to evaluate information and sources of information in the media, where to look for information, and you will gain basic fact-checking skills.