Checking date: 22/04/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Political behaviour
Dual Bachelor in International Studies and Political Science (Plan: 506 - Estudio: 320)

Coordinating teacher: GARCIA ALBACETE, GEMA MARIA

Department assigned to the subject: Social Sciences Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


CG3 - Be able to analyze social and political phenomena following the scientific method, using a critical perspective and recognizing the plurality of theoretical-methodological perspectives of the fields and subdisciplines linked to Political Science CG4 - Know how to transfer the knowledge and skills acquired to face practical problems in the different areas in which professional opportunities are specified CG5 - Being able to communicate, defend, and refute arguments on the most relevant issues in Political Science, both orally and in writing CB1 - That students demonstrate to possess and understand knowledge in an area of study that starts from the base of the general secondary education, and is usually found at a level that, while supported by advanced textbooks, also includes some aspects that imply knowledge coming from the vanguard of his field of study CB2 - That students know how to apply their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional manner and possess the competencies that are usually demonstrated through the elaboration and defense of arguments and the resolution of problems within their area of study CB3 - That students have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (usually within their area of study) to make judgments that include a reflection on relevant issues of a social, scientific or ethical nature CB4 - That students can transmit information, ideas, problems and solutions to a specialized and non-specialized public CB5 - That the students have developed the learning skills necessary to undertake further studies with a high degree of autonomy CT1 - Be able to work in multidisciplinary and / or international teams CT2 - Demonstrate ability to organize and plan your work, making the right decisions based on the information available, and gathering and interpreting relevant data to make judgments within your area of study CE5 - Recognize the components of electoral systems and interpret the way in which electoral processes develop CE19 - Understand and use the concepts of social psychology when analyzing individuals┬┐ attitudes, cognition and behavior in politics. CE4 - Analyze the behavior of political actors, processes of political participation and the role of citizens in contemporary democracies
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1. The role of citizens and political participation in contemporary democracies 2. Normative and empirical perspectives. Forms and levels of participation 3. Political Attitudes. Development and evolution 4. Political participation theories: individual, meso and macro levels 5. Non-institutional participation and protest: individual and contextual explanations 6. Inequality in political participation: causes and consequences 7. New forms of participation and online activism
Learning activities and methodology
LECTURES. Lectures by the instructor in class with support of computer and audiovisual media, including the main concepts of the subject and the materials and bibliography provided to complement students' learning PRACTICES. Resolution, individually or in groups, of practical cases, problems, etc. raised by the instructor OFFICE HOURS. Individualized assistance (individual tutorials) or group (collective tutorials) to students by the instructor.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Extraordinary call: regulations
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 María Grasso. The Oxford Handbook of Political Participation. Oxford University Press. 2022
  • 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.