Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

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Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on ADMINISTRATION AND ORGANIZATION SCIENCE
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First Semester
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Course description

Knowledge and understanding. At the end of the course the student must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of political issues.
Ability to apply knowledge and understanding. Always at the end of the course, he will have to demonstrate that he is able to plan and carry out an in-depth analysis of political phenomena in particular of government decisions.
Autonomy of judgment. Furthermore, it must be able to independently evaluate political events and processes and to identify and effectively use the most appropriate methodologies. A large part of the exercise activities are oriented towards this.
Communication skills: The student must show that 1) know how to explain, even to non-expert people, the main issues on which his analysis focuses; 2) present the exam carried out in a clear and concise manner through a written paper using the scientific language correctly; 3) explain orally the objectives, the procedure and the results of the elaborations carried out using language properties. The tutorials are designed to help students develop these skills.
Learning skills: The student must be able to continuously update their knowledge relating to the disciplinary sector by consulting texts and publications; will develop the ability to follow in-depth courses, seminars and specialized courses (Masters) and, as an intermediate objective, will be able to apply the knowledge acquired to contexts different from those presented during the course, deepen the topics covered using materials and sources other than those proposed. The course continuously provides insights through individual exercises, to be carried out even alone, subsequently verified by the teacher




The first part of the course focus on the main issues useful for understanding today's politics: regimes, actors, institutions and political processes, the causes of the political crisis and the future of democracy. The second module form basic knowledges on multilevel governments and governance, public administrations and public policies.

The aim of the course is to provide useful knowledge to understand the functioning of democracies, its institutions and public policies. It favors students 'ability to apply the knowledge acquired through the students' preparation of project work and 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 approaches in the lectures and through the discussion in the classroom of the project work and cases presented by the teacher. Communication skills are developed through the presentation of project works. The learning ability is developed with frontal 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 movements) (16 hours) parliaments and representation (10 hours). The crisis of politics and other forms of democracy will then be introduced (8 hours) before dealing with local, national and supranational government institutions and their relations in a multilevel system (10 hours). The introduction of students to the rich topic of public policies - particularly mandatory given the orientation of the CDS: 18 hours) - will be followed by the last block of lessons which focuses on the role of public administrations (12 hours).

Teaching Methods



Cotta M., Della Porta D., Morlino L., Scienza politica, Il Mulino 2008 (2° edizione).

Learning assessment

The results are verified through a written exam with 6 open questions lasting about 2 hours and an oral exam of about 30 minutes with three questions. Furthermore, the results of written exercises carried out at the end of each module are evaluated. They are also considered the presentations and group work prepared by students during the lessons as well as their active participation in classroom discussions and seminars. The complex of these assessment elements will flow into the final exam grade.

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