Concept of political systems. Theory on political systems. Types of systems. Elements comprising political systems and the environment in which they interact. Political system dynamics. Electoral systems and their effects. Elections. Analysis tools and techniques and interpretation of electoral results. Analysis and design of electoral campaigns. Types of political parties. Political parties and party systems. Evolution, types, classification, and functions of political parties. Political elites. Recruitment, selection, and professionalization of political elites. Pressure groups, new political and social movements.
This subjetc aims to offer students a range of skills, built through the content of the materials that make it up, so to obtain rigorous training and powerful information on two central elements of political systems: electoral systems and political parties.
Competencies and learning outcomes
- Capability for developing new lines, processes, projects, and products.
- Capacity to evaluate, optimize, and compare criteria in decision making.
- Ability to work with multidisciplinary and multicultural teams.
- Capacity to consolidate, expand, and integrate fundamental knowledge.
- Understand the structure and function of political systems and institutions.
- Understand the behavior of citizens and apply democratic values.
- Apply the fundamentals of law and comparative politics.
- Know the political processes and actors, resolving difficulties that may arise in this area.
Objectives (Learning outcomes)
- 01To analize both electoral and party systems and their interactions.
- 02To handle with ease a bibliographic material specific to the subject of study both for the development of theoretical classes and for the elaboration of research work
- 03To be able to use the correct terminology of the differents concepts
- 04To know and follow the political events related to electoral and party systems in the media.
- 05To know how we vote and elect the democratic representants.
- 06To apply the different kind of electoral formulas.
- 07To think about the design and reform of electoral systems.
- 08To know and classify party systems in democratic countries.
- 09To discuss about the interaction between electoral and party systems.
- 010To have an ordered discussion about electoral news, academic literature and whatever is considered in this subject.
- 011To be able to write a research based on political science methodology.
Association between objectives and units
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- Alcántara Sáez, Manuel / Martínez, Antonia. "Política y gobierno en España". Valencia Tirant lo Blanch 1997.
- Almond, G. / Batlle, Albert, ed. "Diez textos básicos de ciencia política". Barcelona Ariel 1992.
- Almond, Gabriel A. "Comparative politics today a world view". New York [etc.] Longman cop.2003.
- Beyme, Klaus von. "Los partidos políticos en las democracias occidentales". Madrid Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas Siblo XXI de España 1986.
- Chavarri Sidera, Pilar / Delgado Sotillos, Irene / Oñaate, Pablo. "Sistemas de organización política contemporánea". Madrid UNED 2002 (imp. 2008).
- Colomer, Josep M. 1949-. "Cómo votamos los sistemas electorales del mundo, pasado, presente y futuro". Barcelona Gedisa 2004.
- Duverger, Maurice. "Los partidos políticos". México Fondo de Cultura Económica 1957 (imp.2002).
- Hague, Rod. Harrop, Martin. "Comparative government and politics an introduction". Basingstoke [etc.] Palgrave Macmillan 2010.
- Irene Belmonte Martín. "La modernización de la gestión tributaria en España. El caso de Suma Gestión Tributaria de la Diputación de Alicante". INAP.
- LeDuc, Lawrence. / Niemi, Richard G. / Norris, Pippa. "Comparing democracies 2 new challenges in the study of elections and voting ". London Sage 2002 (2006).
- Morlino, Leonardo 1947-. "Democracias y democratizaciones". Madrid CIS - Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas 2009.
- Nohlen, Dieter 1939-. "¿Cómo estudiar ciencia política? una introducción de trece lecciones". Madrid [etc.] Marcial Pons 2012.
- Ruiz Rodríguez, Leticia M. Otero Felipe, Patricia. "Indicadores de partidos y sistemas de partidos". Madrid CIS 2013.
- Sánchez Medero, Gema / Sánchez Medero, Rubén. "Sistemas políticos en Europa". Valencia Tirant lo Blanch 2013.
- Sartori, Giovanni 1924-. "Ingeniería constitucional comparada una investigación de estructuras, incentivos y resultados". México Fondo de Cultura Económica 1994 (imp.1996).
- Vallés, Josep M. Bosch, Agustí. "Sistemas electorales y gobierno representativo". Barcelona Ariel 1997.
- Ware, Alan. "Partidos políticos y sistemas de partidos". Madrid Istmo .
Methodology and grading
- Case studies: Learning through the analysis of actual or simulated cases in order to interpret and resolve them by employing various alternative solution procedures.
- Cooperative learning: Develop active learning through cooperative working strategies among students and promote shared responsibility to reach group goals.
- Learning agreement: Develop active learning through an agreement between the teacher and the student containing commitments for what will be learned, how monitoring will take place for that learning, the set period of time, and the evaluation criteria.
- Lecture: Pass on knowledge and activate cognitive processes in students, encouraging their participation.
- Problem-based learning: Develop active learning strategies through problem solving that promote thinking, experimentation, and decision making in the student.
- Project-based learning: Realization of a project to solve a problem, applying acquired learning and promoting abilities related to planning, design, performing activities, and reaching conclusions.
- Solving exercises and problems: Exercise, test, and apply previous knowledge through routine repetition.
- The evaluation system consists of three main aspects:
1.-The level of attendance and participation of students (in person or electronically) to the development of the course: as few academic activities complementary types are organized in the Faculty, represents 10% of the grade. Practical sessions, guided discussions, seminars and intermediate tests: will be considered in particular.
2.-The final exam will be held on the date of the official announcement. 70% in the overall rating will be assessed.
The exam will consist of a written test in which the student must answer two essay questions and otherb test with multi-choice questions.
The degree of understanding of the theoretical contents explained, order, clarity of exposition and the conceptual and terminological precision is desirable. Each question will be scored between 0 and 10 points. It is essential to pass this test to achieve a minimum of five points for each question answered requirement.
3.-The completion of written research project ( essay), character monograph on one of the agenda items. Equal to 20% of the total grade. The presentation of the research project is essential to pass the subject.
To pass the course you need to pass both the examination and research work.
Fit qualifying exam for work or any other notice of the current academic year (September and / or December) will be reserved.
The Department of Political Science and Administration severely penalize acts of plagiarism or copying, as well as their active or passive collaboration, both on tests and research work done by students.
Plagiarism and theft of intellectual property is considered essentially copying the works of others, (whether Internet, books, work mates ....) giving them as their own without citing the original source from which they come.
The penalty shall be a thriller in the call and the request to open the file / student / involved in fraud to the Faculty Board.
CRITERIA FOR RESEARCH AND A CASE FOR REVIEW
- Provide an index and a working structure
- Justify the importance of the chosen topic, methodology and the objectives
- Make a consistent introduction
- Develop a conclusion consistent with the approach to the topic
- Provide consistency of assignment or test content to the content of programming
- Sequencing logically
- Arguing and deepen the content avoiding circumlocutions
- Submit fluency and accuracy in language
- Expressing good syntactic construction without spelling
- Basing the content authors and literature
- Use of appropriate and coherent theories, concepts and terminology of the subject or qualification.
- Provide clean, clear and very good presentation
- Creativity and conceptual reprocessing capacity is assessed
- Add bibliography used, resources and where appropriate, Annex. (quoting sources)
- Comply with the deadlines for the delivery of work and the number of pages set in programming.