Checking date: 10/05/2022

Course: 2022/2023

Political behaviour
Study: Dual Bachelor in International Studies and Political Science (320)

Coordinating teacher: GARCIA ALBACETE, GEMA MARIA

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Social Sciences

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Actors and Political Behaviour I
- Being able to explain the main theories of political culture, its factors and consequences, as well as the cultural change under the theory of human development. - Being able to analyze political culture patterns, its factors and consequences. - Knowing and being able to analyze patterns, relevant variables and consequences of political participation and political behavior, differentiating the relevant analytical approaches and theories, as well as the different kinds and patterns of political participation.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
- Unit 1. Political culture and Civic Culture. Variables, patterns and trends of change and stability. - Unit 2. Cultural change: industrialization, postindustrializtion and human development. Different kinds of change in political culture patterns. - Unit 3. Political culture in Spain: Variables, traits and trends of change. - Unit 4. Political participation and political behavior: Approaches and theoretical models. - Unit 5. Political movilization and its factors. - Unit 6. Political behavior. Factors and variables. From cleavage politics to issue politics. - Unit 7. Political participation and political behavior in Spain.
Learning activities and methodology
Learning activities and methodology. Work in seminar sessions will deal with comparing and analyzing cases suggested by the lecturer. Data bases such as those from Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas and World Values Survey will be used in the computing laboratories. The lecturer will suggest the resources and references to be used by the students prior to each seminar sesión. Those resources will be written both in Spanish and English.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Cristian Vaccari and Augusto Valeriani. Outside the Buble. Oxford. 2021
  • Dalton, Russell and Hans-Dieter Klingemann. The Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior. Oxford University Press. 2009
  • Della Porta, Donatela and Diani, Mario. Los Movimientos Sociales. Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas. 2012
  • Giugni, Marco and Maria Grasso. Austerity and Protest: Popular Contention in Times of Economic Crisis. Routledge. 2016
  • Giugni, Marco and Maria Grasso. Citizens and the Crisis: Experiences, Perceptions, and Responses to the Great Recession in Europe. Palgrave. 2018
  • Giugni, Marco and Maria Grasso. The Oxford Handbook of Political Participation. . Oxford University Press. 2022
  • Martin Portos. Grievances and Public Protests. Palgrave. 2021
  • Theocharis, Yannis and Jan W. van Deth. Political Participation in a Changing World: Conceptual and Empirical Challenges in the Study of Citizen Engagement . Routledge. 2018
  • Verba, Sidney, Kay Lehman Schlozman and Henry E. Brady. Voice and Equality: Civic Voluntarism in American Politics. Hardvard University Press. 1995
  • della Porta, D. y Diani, M.. Social Movements: An Introduction. Wiley-Blackwell. 2020

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