POLITICAL SCIENCE

Scienze Politiche e delle Relazioni Internazionali POLITICAL SCIENCE

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DIPARTIMENTO DI SCIENZE POLITICHE, SOCIALI E DELLA COMUNICAZIONE
POLITICAL AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS SCIENCE
2013/2014



OBBLIGATORIO
YEAR OF COURSE 2
YEAR OF DIDACTIC SYSTEM 2008
SECONDO SEMESTRE
CFUHOURSACTIVITY
540LESSONS
Objectives
THE PURPOSE OF THE POLITICAL SCIENCE COURSE IS TWOFOLD. THE FIRST AIM IS TO INTRODUCE STUDENTS TO THE BASIC CONCEPTS OF POLITICAL SCIENCE: PARTY, ELECTIONS AND ELECTORAL SYSTEMS, REPRESENTATION, DEMOCRACY, DICTATORSHIP, PUBLIC OPINION, PARTICIPATION, PARLIAMENTS, GOVERNMENT, POLLS. THE SECOND IS TO ILLUSTRATE, IN A COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE, THE MAIN CHANGES THAT HAVE AFFECTED THE ITALIAN POLITICAL SYSTEM OVER THE PAST THIRTY YEARS: THE CRISIS OF THE FIRST REPUBLIC, THE PROCESS PRESIDENTIALISATION, THE PERSONALIZATION OF POLITICS, THE ROLE OF THE MEDIA.

KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING CAPACITIES:
A BASIC KNOWLEDGE OF THE MAIN CONCEPTS OF POLITICAL SCIENCES AND AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE MAIN FACTORS THAT HAVE AFFECTED THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ITALIAN POLITICAL SYSTEM OVER THE LAST THIRTY YEARS.

ABILITY TO APPLY THE KNOWLEDGE ACQUIRED:
THE CAPACITY TO ANALYZE AND UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF PARTY, OF TYPES OF VOTE AND OF THE VARIOUS ELECTORAL SYSTEMS. THE ABILITY TO ANALYZE PUBLIC OPINION THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT AND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF SURVEYS.

INDEPENDENCE OF JUDGEMENT:
AT THE END OF THE COURSE THE STUDENT SHOULD BE ABLE TO INTERPRET, AUTONOMOUSLY, THE MAIN ONGOING POLITICAL AND INSTITUTIONAL PROCESSES, TO DISTINGUISH THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF PARTY, TO KNOW THE MAIN STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF DIFFERENT ELECTORAL SYSTEMS, TO KNOW THE MAIN TECHNIQUES OF SURVEY AND TO INTERPRET CRITICALLY THE MAIN METHODOLOGICAL AND POLITICAL-IDEOLOGICAL PROBLEMS.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS:
THE ABILITY TO CRITICALLY ILLUSTRATE, WITH COMMAND OF THE TECHNICAL LANGUAGE AND WITH EXTENSIVE EXAMPLES, THE FUNDAMENTAL THEORETICAL AND EMPIRICAL PROBLEMS OF POLITICAL SCIENCES.

LEARNING SKILLS:
THE ABILITY TO LINK THE KNOWLEDGE ACQUIRED DURING THE COURSE WITH THE MOST TOPICAL POLITICAL AND SOCIAL PROCESSES.
Prerequisites
NONE
Contents
THE POLITICAL SCIENCE COURSE WILL FOCUS ON THE PROBLEMS – THEORETICAL AND METHODOLOGICAL – THAT HAVE CHARACTERIZED THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS DISCIPLINE. IN PARTICULAR, THE CLUSTER OF CONCEPTS AND CORRESPONDING PHENOMENA THAT CHARACTERIZE THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS OF REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRATIC SYSTEMS WILL BE ANALYZED: THE EMERGENCE AND TRANSFORMATION OF PARTY ORGANIZATIONS, THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN REPRESENTATION AND REPRESENTING, PARTICIPATION, ELECTIONS AND ELECTORAL SYSTEMS, NATURE AND FUNCTION OF PUBLIC OPINION, PRESIDENTIALISATION PROCESSES, ETC. IN PARTICULAR, THE COURSE, THROUGH A COMPARISON BETWEEN THE ITALIAN AND THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, WILL HIGHLIGHT HOW THE CHANGES UNDERWAY ARE MAINLY GENERATED FROM THE WIDER DIFFUSION OF THE MASS MEDIA LOGIC AND CIRCUITS – TELEMATIC AND OF TELEVISION, IN PARTICULAR.
Teaching Methods
THE COURSE CONSISTS OF 40 COMPULSORY HOURS OF LECTURES WITH THE USE OF AUDIOVISUAL MATERIAL TAKEN FROM ON LINE DATABASES OR CREATED AD HOC.
Verification of learning
THE EXAM CONSISTS OF AN ORAL TEST ON THE CONTENTS OF THE COURSE AND THE BOOKS IN THE READING LIST. IT IS POSSIBLE TO PRESENT AND DISCUSS A WRITTEN REPORT AFTER AGREEING IT WITH THE TEACHER.
Texts
G. SARTORI, ELEMENTI DI TEORIA POLITICA, IL MULINO (EXCEPT THE CHAPTERS: IDEOLOGIA, MERCATO E TECNICHE DECISIONALI)
M. WEBER, LA POLITICA COME PROFESSIONE, EINAUDI (OR OTHER EDITIONS)
M. CALISE, IL PARTITO PERSONALE, LATERZA, 2010
More Information
AT A MOTIVATED REQUEST OF STUDENTS, ATTENDING OR NON-ATTENDING, EXAMS BOOKS DIFFERENT FROM THOSE LISTED ABOVE MIGHT BE USED AFTER DISCUSSING IT WITH THE TEACHER.
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