The course’s main aim is to allow students to acquire a basic knowledge of political institutions, political phenomena and mechanisms that shape modern democracies.
Knowledge and Understanding
The course provides students with an overview of contemporary political phenomena through the lenses of Political Science. It also offers some conceptual tools that are needed to critically understand the political debate. At the end of the course, students will acquire a basic knowledge of contemporary political systems and the ability to analyze their main features. They will also be able to understand current political events and dynamics.
Applying knowledge and understanding
The course will take in consideration major topics in Political Science. For each of them, at least one example of its possibile application to the real world will be provided. At the end of the course, students should be able to interpret current politics with the lenses of Political Science and to critically understand the Italian political debate, also with reference to other Western democracies.
The course will provide students with an analytical knowledge of current political systems. At the end of the course, it is expected that they will be able to critically understand the complexity of modern democracy, the intrinsic ambivalence of political phenomena and the main trade-offs that underlie political decisions. They should also be able to present their own point of view on the current political debate in a proper manner, also taking in consideration other existing analytical perspectives.
As for other social sciences, Political Science is characterized by its own jargon and its own way to present concepts and theoretical paradigms. At the end of the course, students should be able to clearly express and debate Political Science issues, also with the reference to the main theoretical debates and to the functioning of other contemporary democracies.
At the end of the course, students are expected to acquire the ability to delve further into political science issues, either in comparative or in international perspective, and to be able to attend with proficiency any advanced political science course.