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Introduction to Political Science

Political Science
Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

This course is aimed at educating the students about the understanding of Political Science as an academic and scientific discipline. They are expected to understand the evolution of Political Science’s great debates, its concepts and relevance of the subject to science. They are also expected to acquire the ability to reflect critically on the political dynamics, its structures and actors.

Course Content

1. Autonomy and the nature of Political Science

  a) Between Science and Politics: Political Science as branch of knowledge

  b) Political Science: history and evolution of the discipline

  c) Political Science: the debate on the subject of the discipline

2. The great theoretical and methodological debates in Political Science

  a) Ontology and epistemology

  b) The Main theoretical and methodological paradigms

3. For a global perspective of Contemporary Political Science

  a) Power and modern State

  b) Political systems and regimes

  c) Structures and institutions

  d) Actors, processes and political action

  e) Public policies and political process

  f) Global politics

4. The diversity and relevance of Political Science in the contemporary world


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Grigsby, E. (2012). Analyzing Politics; An Introduction to Political Science. Belmont: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.

Heywood, Andrew (2019). Politics. Macmillan International