Checking date: 24/04/2020

Course: 2019/2020

Research Approaches and Theories in Political Science
Study: Bachelor in Political Science (205)


Department assigned to the subject: Department of Social Sciences

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
- 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.
Description of contents: programme
1. Research paradigms and explanations models in Political Science. 2. Normativism. 3. Critical Theory and postmodernism. 4. Constructivism and Interpretive Theory. 5. Behaviorism. 6. System Analysis and functionalism. 7. Institutionalism and new institutionalism. 8. Rational choice theory. 9. Other current theories and approaches.
Learning activities and methodology
Teaching time is distributed according to the following training activities: - Classes (50 per 100). It includes case studies that illustrate the lectures. - Exercises and/or final paper elaboration, explanations and public debates on basic reading and case workshop: 50 per 100
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50
Basic Bibliography
  • Hay, C.. Political Analysis. Palgrave. 2002.
  • Kellstedt, Paul. M & Whitten, Guy.D. (eds) . The Fundamentals of Political Science Research.. Cambridge University Press. 2009
  • Lowndes, V.; Marsh, D.; Stoker, G. (eds.),. Theory and Methods in Political Science, 4rd ed.,. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017..
Additional Bibliography
  • Bevir, M.; Rhodes, R.A.W.. Rourtledge Handbook of interpretative Political Science. Routledge.. 2016.
  • Colomer, J. M.,. Science of Politics,. Oxford University Press. 2010
  • Dahl, R.A.. Modern Political Analysis. Prentice Hall, 5th. ed.. 1991.
  • Green, Donald. P & Shapiro, Ian. Pathologies of Rational Choice Theory. Yale University Press. 1994
  • 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.
  • Pollock, P.H.. The Essentials of Political Analysis. Sage, 3rd ed.. 2012.
  • Shepsle, K., . "Studying Institutions: Some Lessons from the Rational Choice Approach",. Journal of Theoretical Politics, 1(2): 131-147,. 1989.
  • White, L.G.. Political Analysis: Technique and Practice. Wadsworth Publishing, 3rd. ed.. 1994.

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.