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Introduction to Political Science

academic year

Course teacher(s)

Luca TOMINI (Coordinator)

ECTS credits


Language(s) of instruction


Course content

1. Introduction. History of political science 2. Methods of political science3. State and state structures4. Political regimes: democracy5. Political regimes: autocracy6. Political regimes: transitions7. Government and Legislatures8. Electoral systems9. Elections and referenda10. Political parties11. Party systems12. Political participation and Q/A session

Objectives (and/or specific learning outcomes)

The course provide an introduction to the traditional topics covered in political science, from methods to political regimes, from political parties to elections, electoral systems and political participation

Teaching methods and learning activities

1. A manual: Comparative Politics (2017), D. Caramani, Oxford University Press 2. A book for review (depending on the exam session): - January session: Steven Levitsky, and Daniel Ziblatt (2018) How Democracies Die. Crown. - May and August sessions: Dahl, Robert (2000) On Democracy. New Haven: Yale University Press 3. A book for the written exam (of your choice) - Levitsky, Steven, and Way, Lucan (2010) Competitive Authoritarianism. Hybrid Regimes After the Cold War. Cambridge: Cambridge university Press. - Mainwaring, Scott, and Pérez Liñán, Aníbal (2014) Democracies and Dictatorships in Latin America: Emergence, Survival, and Fall. Cambridge: Cambridge university Press.

Other information




Method(s) of evaluation

  • Other


-Book review -Written exam (4 questions. 3 questions on the content of the course and 1 question based on a complementary reading (a book)

Mark calculation method (including weighting of intermediary marks)

-Book review: 5 points-Written exam: 20 points (4 questions of 5 points each)The final mark is calculated trough a simple proportion. Ex: 25 becomes 20 (25/5) x 4 = 20

Language(s) of evaluation

  • english