Be able to analyze social and political phenomena following the scientific method, using a critical aproach, and recognizing the plurality of theoretical-methodological perspectives of the fields and subdisciplines linked to Political Science.
Acknowledging the complexity of the political game and the variety of actors and factors that affect the political process. Analyze the behavior of political actors, processes of political participation and the role of citizens in contemporary democracies.
Recognize the components of electoral systems and interpret the way in which the electoral processes develop. Understand and compare the different paradigms that studied electoral behavior in their specific historical context.
The course consists of two parts: lectures, where the main
theoretical contents will be taught, and practical sessions, with a seminar format, for
which the active participation of students is essential. All the students must read the
compulsory texts to attend both the lectures and the seminars. During seminars, each
week few students will present on a specific topic. For this, a discussion of the assigned
readings should be prepared referring always to concrete examples and concrete
application of the readings.
Students should learn how to transfer the knowledge and skills acquired to face practical problems in the different areas in which professional opportunities are specified. Being able to communicate, defend, and refute arguments on the most relevant issues in Political Science, both orally and in writing.