Checking date: 29/06/2020

Course: 2020/2021

Political Analysis
Study: Bachelor in International Studies (305)

Coordinating teacher: NATERA PERAL, ANTONIO

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Social Sciences

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


On having finished the course, students should be competent to: - analyze basically the current political systems dynamics - recognize the main political and electoral behaviour issues - understand the role of political culture, values and ideologies in democracies
Description of contents: programme
The subject is structured in the following thematic blocks: 1. Political culture, values and ideologies - The world of values in political system - Analysis of beliefs, attitudes and ideologies in the political system - Characteristics and stages of political socialization - Political culture and its types 2. Political Participation and Elections - Political participation in democratic societies - Political representation and elections. Models of electoral systems. - Analysis of electoral behavior. Voting behavior factors. 3. Public Policy and Administration - Policy analysis: conventional cycle, actors and styles - Problem formulation, decision making and agenda setting - Public management and administration in contemporary world.
Learning activities and methodology
Teaching time is distributed according to the following training activities: - Lectures. It includes case studies that illustrate lectures. - Written exercises on basic reading program and presentations by student teams - Other training: specific work on a film; book test; newspaper seminar; structured discussions, etc..
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50
Basic Bibliography
  • CARAMANI, D., ed.. Comparative Politics. Oxford University Press. 2017.
  • CLARK, W, GOLDER, M.; GOLDER, S.. Principles of Comparative Politics. Sage, 3rd. ed.. 2017.
  • COLOMER, J.M.. Science of Politics. Oxford University Press. 2010.
  • GARNER, R.; FERDINAND, P.; LAWSON, S.. Introduction to Politics. Oxford University Press. 2016.
  • ROSKIN, M.G. et al.. Political Science. An introduction.. Pearson, 14th. ed.. 2017.
Additional Bibliography
  • DAHL, R.A.. On Democracy. Yale University Press. 2002.
  • DAHL, R.A.. Modern Political Analysis. Prentice Hall, 7th ed.. 1991.
  • GOODIN, R.E., ed.. The Oxford Handbook of Political Science. Oxford University Press. 2009.
  • HAGUE, R.; HARROP, M.. Comparative Government and Politics. An Introduction. Palgrave MacMillan, 9th ed.. 2013.
  • LIJPHART, A.. Patterns of democracy: government forms and performance in thirty-six countries. . Yale University Press. 2012.
  • RANNEY, A.. Governing: An Introduction to Political Science. Prentice Hall, 7th. ed.. 1996.
  • SHIVELY, W.. Power and Choice: An Introduction to Political Science. McGraw Hill, 13th ed.. 2012.
  • STOKER, G.. Why Politics Matter. Palgrave. 2006.

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