Institutional course of political science. The first module concentrates on most important aspect to understand contemporary politics.
The second module provides basic knowledge on governments, multi-level governance, the role of public administrations, public policies and the causes of the political crisis and the future of democracy. The course aims to provide useful knowledge to understand the functioning of democracies, their institutions and policies with due attention to the actors and processes that characterize them. It increases the ability of students to apply the knowledge acquired through the students' predisposition to project work and the discussion of the cases presented by the teacher. The autonomy of judgment of the students is developed through the study and comparison of a plurality of methodological settings in the frontal lessons and through the discussion in the classroom of the project work and the cases presented by the professor. Communication skills are developed through the presentation of project works. The learning ability is developed with face-to-face lessons.
The first part of the course starts with a presentation of its contents, teaching and tests which give the final vote. The first lessons (2 hours) also show and stimulate students on arguments in the scientific debate of the discipline. Next lessons present concepts of political science – specially Regime, political system and State (12 hours) – and examines model of democracy and not democracies (8 hours) actors (Parties, groups and mvements) (16 hours) parliaments and representation (10 hours)
The second part of the course
starts with a presentation on its main contents, the way in which the lessons are carried out and the way in which learning is verified (2 hours).
The first block of lessons is on government as an organization and as a function with a brief reconstruction of the evolution of the role played by the executives in different eras. Then there is an analysis of the different types of government, of the theory of delegation and of that of coalitions. The role of local and regional authorities and of the European level is analyzed from the perspective of multi-level governance (12 hours).
The second block of lectures addresses the issue of the political crisis by reconstructing the origins of anti-politics and the spread of apathy and the growth of populism. It concludes with an analysis of the prospects and limits of deliberative democracy and the new centrality of accountability (10 hours)
The third set of lessons is on public policies, with particular regard to their different typologies, the role played by the actors and the different phases. Particular attention is paid to the agenda setting phase (12 hours)
The fourth and final set of lessons focuses on the role played by public administrations. In particular, the relationship between politics and administration, bureaucratic organization, staff, procedures and culture is analyzed (12 hours).
Capano G., Piattoni S., Raniolo F., Verzichelli L., Manuale di Scienza Politica Il Mulino 2017 (2° edizione).
Cap 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9
Cap. 6, 7, 8, 10, 11 e 12
Evaluation of the level of understanding in the classroom during student presentations and exams given throughout the course. Final written (3 open questions in 2 hours) and oral examinations (3 open questions in 30 minutes). Moreover are evaluated the written exercises done in the course, the project works, and the participation in discussions and seminars. The exams involve an evaluation which is expressed as a grade of out of 30. An exam is deemed to be passed successfully if the final grade is equal to or higher than 18/30. In the event of a full grade (30/30), the Examination Board may grant honours (lode).