Checking date: 26/04/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Research Approaches and Theories in Political Science
Bachelor in Political Science (Plan: 396 - Estudio: 205)

Coordinating teacher: LAVEZZOLO PEREZ, SEBASTIAN

Department assigned to the subject: Social Sciences Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


- Understanding of the main approaches, theories and models of contemporary political analysis. - Ability to link theoretical issues of contemporary politics with the empirical factors and the dynamics of political systems.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1. Brief introduction to Political Science. 2. Research paradigms and explanations models in Political Science. 3. Normative theory. 4. Behaviorism. 5. Rational choice theory. 6. System Analysis and functionalism. 7. Institutionalism 8. New institutionalism. 9. Pluralism 10. Feminist theory.
Learning activities and methodology
Teaching time is distributed according to the following training activities: - Lectures on the development of theoretical contents: 50 per 100 of the course time. - Practical sessions aimed at implementing theoretical concepts through practical exercises: 50 per 100 of the course time.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Extraordinary call: regulations
Basic Bibliography
  • Badia, Miguel Caminal. Manual de Ciencia Política. Tecnos. 1996
  • Marsh, D.; Stoker, G. (eds.),. Theory and Methods in Political Science, 4rd ed.,. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.. Hay ediciones previas en español
  • VVAA. Diez textos básicos de Ciencia Política. Ariel. 2014
  • Vallès, Josep. M . Ciencia Política. Una introducción.. Ariel. 2007
Additional Bibliography
  • Díaz, Esther. Metodología de las Ciencias Sociales. Biblos. 2010
  • Guy, Peters. El nuevo institucionalismo:teoría institucional en Ciencia Política. Gedisa. 2003
  • Hall, P. y R. Taylor, . "Political Science and the Three New Institutionalisms",. en K. Sottan, E. Uslaner y V. Haufler (eds.), Institutions and Social Order, The University of Michigan Press,. 1998.
  • Nohlen, Dieter. ¿Cómo estudiar ciencia política? Una introducción en trece lecciones. Fondo Editorial. 2011
  • Sartori, G.. La política. Lógica y método de las ciencias sociales. Fondo de Cultura Económica. 1995

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.