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Faculty of Literature and Philosophy
Course unit
LE03107447, A.A. 2013/14

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Degree course First cycle degree in
IF0313, Degree course structure A.Y. 2010/11, A.Y. 2013/14
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination POLITICAL SCIENCE
Department of reference Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge GIANNI RICCAMBONI

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses SPS/04 Polticial Science 9.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Start of activities 03/03/2014
End of activities 14/06/2014
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
5 SCIENZA POLITICA 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 TONELLO FABRIZIO (Presidente)
4 SCIENZA POLITICA 2015/2016 01/10/2015 30/11/2016 RICCAMBONI GIANNI (Presidente)
GRIMALDI SELENA (Membro Effettivo)
3 SCIENZA POLITICA 2014/2015 01/10/2014 30/09/2015 RICCAMBONI GIANNI (Presidente)
GRIMALDI SELENA (Membro Effettivo)
2 SCIENZA POLITICA 2013/2014 01/10/2013 07/11/2014 RICCAMBONI GIANNI (Presidente)
GRIMALDI SELENA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: In order to take advantage of the course, students should have a sufficient knowledge of contemporary history.
Target skills and knowledge: The course has two main goals:
1) to provide analytical elements to understand the variety of existing political regimes: liberal democracies, illiberal democracies, authoritarian regimes;
2) to explain some topics of contemporary politics, particularly the presidential role in different forms of government.
Examination methods: The exam consists of two parts: a written and an oral one.
The written test requires answering to 7 open-ended questions about the contents of the reference texts.
The oral examination, to which the candidate is admitted only if the written test was successful, builds on the results of the written test.
Assessment criteria: The student must demonstrate the ability to reach a sufficient knowledge of the topics covered in the reference texts and to have adequate capacity for critical reading of the topics covered in the two tests.
Course unit contents: General part: introduction to Political science
- studying politics: the foundations of political analysis lie in the concepts, approaches and methods through which we understand the subject;
- States and regimes: the State remains the fundamental political unit in the world, and therefore we should exam its birth, restructuring and contemporary challenges; there are two main ways of governing States: by democratic or authoritarian means;
- political mobilization: the mechanism trough which the society affects the political system are political culture, political communication, political participation, elections, political parties, interest groups;
- government and governance: the major institutions of government and their constitutional basis; the constitutions and the legal framework, the multilevel governance, the legislatures or parliaments, the executive, the public management, the policy process.

The role of the President in different forms of government: presidential government, semi-presidential government and parliamentary government.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The institutional nature of the course requires a classroom teaching which would allow students to master the vocabulary and categories of Political science.
Instructor’s lessons will make systematic use of charts, figures and tables, useful to enhance learning. Such material is made available to students on the Department's website.
There is a cycle of exercises on the special part.
Additional notes about suggested reading: For the final examination, see the reference texts.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • R. HAGUE, M. HARROP, Manuale di Scienza politica, edizione italiana a cura di M. Almagisti e G. Riccamboni. Milano: McGraw-Hill, 2011.
  • T. JUDT, Guasto è il mondo. Roma-Bari: Laterza, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo
  • S. GRIMALDI, I Presidenti nelle forme di governo. Roma: Carocci, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo