Checking date: 26/04/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Politics and Society
Bachelor in Sociology (Plan: 402 - Estudio: 208)

Coordinating teacher: VEIRA RAMOS, ALBERTO

Department assigned to the subject: Social Sciences Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


GENERAL: Provide at the student a level of basic knowledge about the socio-political structure of societies. Applicate theoretical and practical knowledge to the field of study. Facilitate reflection, analysis and discussion of socio-political issues. SPECIFIC: Introduce the main concepts and theoretical debates of sociopolitical analysis. Familiarize the student with the political-institutional configurations of contemporary societies. Explain causal mechanisms that mediate relations between society and politics. Identify and understand empirical analysis models. Develop the skills of understanding, interpretation, presentation and argumentation. Stimulate debate and critical opinion.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1. Society, politics and power (strength, influence, legitimacy and authority) 2. Forms of government (types of dictatorships and types of democracies) 3. Types of political structure (Renaissance State, Absolutist State, Liberal State, Social State) 4. Citizenship and political culture (values and ideologies) 5. Types of representation and participation 6. Electoral systems and party systems 7. Political actors (individuals, interest groups, social movements, political parties, media) 8. Current policy challenges
Learning activities and methodology
Theory (4ECTS). Theory classes with materials available in Aula Global. Practices (2ECTS). Videos, case studies, best practices and presentations. Group tutorials to solve problems, doubts, etc.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Extraordinary call: regulations
Basic Bibliography
  • Batlle i Rubio, A. (coord.). Diez textos básicos de ciencia política. Ariel. 1992
  • Bourdieu, P.. Poder, derecho y clases sociales. Palimpsesto. 2000
  • Sádaba, I.. Acción colectiva y movimientos sociales en las redes digitales. Aspectos históricos y metodológicos. Arbor . 2012

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