Checking date: 06/07/2020

Course: 2022/2023

Political Analysis II
Study: Dual Bachelor in Political Science and Sociology (247)


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.
Description of contents: programme
1. Scientific Knowledge and Political Science. Research paradigms. 2. Research approaches and theories - Normativism - Critical Theory and postmodernism - Behaviorism and functionalism - Systemic Analysis - Institutionalism and new institutionalism - Rational choice theory - Other current theories and approaches. 3. Methodology for empirical political analysis. A practical guide - Theory and problems construction. Analitical strategies. - Concepts elaboration and operativization. Analitical levels. - The hypothesis testing - Information access and data bases in the field of political science.
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
  • Baglione, L.A.. Writing a Research Paper in Political Science: A Practical Guide to Inquiry, Structure, and Methods. Sage. 2011
  • Kellstedt, Paul. M & Whitten, Guy.D. (eds) . The Fundamentals of Political Science Research.. Cambridge University Press. 2009
  • Marsh, D. and G. Stoker (eds.),. Theory and Methods in Political Science, 3rd ed.,. Palgrave Macmillan, 2010..
Additional Bibliography
  • 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.
  • Hay, C.. Political Analysis. A critical introduction. McMillan. 2002.
  • 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 may change due academic events or other reasons.