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Faculty of Political Science
Course unit
SPM0013241, A.A. 2014/15

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2012/13

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
SP1419, Degree course structure A.Y. 2010/11, A.Y. 2014/15
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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 can 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 MARCO ALMAGISTI SPS/04

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

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

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Start of activities 01/10/2014
End of activities 24/01/2015
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2010 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 2019/20 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 ALMAGISTI MARCO (Presidente)
RIVA CLAUDIO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: In order to apply for the exam it is necessary to have succeded the exams of the 1st year.
Target skills and knowledge: Learning outcomes:

The course aims at teaching the fundamentals of the language of political science and the most important methods in contemporary social science.
Examination methods: Assessment:

The examination consists of a written test and an oral test (which can only be accessed after passing the written). The written exam lasts for three hours and predicts responses to seven open-ended questions. Three questions are about the first part (foundations), the second three questions are about the second part (quality of democracy in Italy) and one question is about special part (political transition in Italy). Students attending may choose to substitute the answer to the question on the special part with a sort essay on one of the meetings held during the course.

The oral exam consists of any interview concerning the written test.
Assessment criteria: The exam will evaluate the specific knowledge of the texts, the skill about synthesis and the precision about dissertation of the answers to the questions and the lexis of the political science.
Course unit contents: Content of teaching:

During the course the cornerstones of the most advanced contemporary political science will be analyzed. We will focus on the principles of politics, on the form of States and regimes, on the form of political mobilization and on the systems of government and governance in the era of globalization.
Particular attention will be devoted to the analysis of the quality of democracy, with reference to the Italian political system in comparative perspective.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Beyond the lessons and the discussions about the main topics, during the course there will be meetings with guests as political scientists, sociologists, historians and journalists and the presentation of books about the most important topics of political science. During these activities, the student could choose to write a brief dissertation that will replace the question about the special part of the course.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Rod Hague, Martin Harrop, Manuale di Scienza politica. Milano: McGraw-Hill Italia, 2011. Edizione italiana a cura di Gianni Riccamboni e Marco Almagisti Cerca nel catalogo
  • Marco Almagisti, La qualità della democrazia in Italia. Capitale sociale e politica. Nuova edizione aggiornata. Roma: Carocci, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Marco Almagisti, Luca Lanzalaco, Luca Verzichelli (a cura di), La transizione politica italiana. Da Tangentopoli a oggi. Roma: Carocci, 2014. Cerca nel catalogo