Checking date: 18/11/2021

Course: 2022/2023

Research Approaches and Theories in Political Science
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.
Skills and learning outcomes
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
Calendar of Continuous assessment
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 may change due academic events or other reasons.