N-52 - Izbori i izborni sistemi

Course specification
Type of study Bachelor academic studies
Study programme
Course title Izbori i izborni sistemi
Acronym Status Semester Number of classes ECTS
N-52 mandatory 8 2L + 2E 5.0
Lecturer/Associate (practicals)
Prerequisite Form of prerequisites
Learning objectives
The goal of learning this course is for students to get to know in detail the various electoral systems that are in use in the world today, with the theoretical and historical origins of electoral law and with all aspects of elections, starting from election campaigns to election engineering. The special goal of this course is for students to familiarize themselves in detail with the basic characteristics of the electoral system and the electoral law of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Learning outcomes
A high level of theoretical knowledge about electoral systems in the world and a high level of knowledge of the practical aspects of elections (this also applies to the domestic electoral system). In other words, students should know how elections should take place and they should know where and why deviations from the normative model occur in practice.
1. Why do we study elections and electoral systems and why is it important to know them? 2. Election campaign, dynamics and types of election campaigns; 3. Development of modern election campaign, methods and techniques; 4. The role of mass media in the election campaign; 5. Political power over the media and elections - regulation of the media, state control over the media, secrecy of data, pressures on the media...; 6. Evolution of the idea of political representation; 7. Elections and political parties; 8. Voting rights and elections; 9. Elements of the electoral system; 10. Characteristics of majority election systems; 11. Characteristics of proportional electoral systems; 12. Characteristics of mixed electoral systems; 13. Elections and electoral systems - on the example of different countries; 14. Electoral system of Bosnia and Herzegovina; Human rights in the constitutional system of Bosnia and Herzegovina; 15. Electoral Law of Bosnia and Herzegovina - electoral reform;
Teaching Methods
Lectures and exercises with interactive learning. Interactive learning in groups. Showing video material and documentaries. Writing seminar papers. Oral comments and short presentations in class. Consultations.
  1. Vladan Petrov, Marko Stanković “Ustavno pravo”, Beograd, 2020. (neka poglavlja); (Original title)
  2. Goran Marković, “Ustavno pravo”, Istočno Sarajevo, 2021. (neka poglavlja); (Original title)
  3. Zoran Tomić, “Politički marketing - načela i primjene”, Mostar, 2014. (neka poglavlja); Siniša Atlagić, Jelena Surčulija Milojević "Institucionalni uslovi konkurencije političkih ideja u Srbiji: slučaj regulatornog tela za elektronske medije", Srpska politička misao 3/2018, vol.61, str.123-140. (Original title)
  4. Goran Marković, “Ustavni lavirint - Aporije ustavnog sistema Bosne i Hercegovine”, Službeni glasnik, Beograd, 2021. (neka poglavlja); (Original title)
  5. Zakon o finansiranju političkih partija u BiH - prečišćeni tekst („Službeni glasnik BiH“, br. 95/12 i 41/16). Izborni zakon BiH - prečišćeni tekst („Službeni glasnik BiH“, br. 23/01, 7/02, 9/02, 20/02, 25/02, 4/04, 20/04, 25/05, 77/05, 11/06, 24/06, 33/08, 37/08, 32/10, 48/11 - odluka US, 63/11 - odluka US, 18/13, 7/14, 31/16, 54/17 - odluka US i 41/20). Aneks 3 Opšteg okvirnog sporazuma za mir u BiH. - Ustav BiH. - Ustav RS. - Izborna reforma u BiH; (Original title)
Evaluation and grading
Checking knowledge and determining how active students are in class is done throughout the semester. Knowledge is checked using two colloquiums, and students' activity is expressed through writing seminar papers, attending classes regularly, participating in debates, preparing presentations and through other forms of creative participation in the teaching process. In this way, students fulfill the pre-examination requirements through which they can acquire 50 points (two colloquiums of 20 points each, a seminar paper of 5 points and regular and active attendance of classes 5 points). The final exam is conducted orally and it tests knowledge of the entire material, and carries a maximum of 50 points. The final grade is calculated by adding the points from the pre-examination requirements and the points from the exam.