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Thematic Seminar II

Code 11319
Year 1
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 10
Workload TP(45H)
Scientific area Ciência Política
Entry requirements n.a.
Mode of delivery Face to face and videoconferencing.
Work placements UA and UBI.
Learning outcomes This curricular unit aims to complement and to pursue the objectives of Thematic Seminar I, namely:
- To deepen knowledge about major topics in Political Science, in complement to the topics already discussed in Thematic Seminar I.
- To exercise, with autonomy, high-level competences already acquired in Thematic Seminar I, namely of identification, analysis, evaluation and organisation of problems.
- To improve students’ competency of critical discussion with peers.
- To enable students to define their own scientific interests based on advanced issues and topics raised in this curricular unit.
- To deepen knowledge about the interdisciplinary links between different domains of Political Science studies.
Syllabus MODULE 1: Political Philosophy
The "state of exception" as paradigm of government
The constitution of the people
The populism question
The citizenship and the new forms of exclusion

MOD 2: Comparative Politics
Comparative systems of government
Challenges in the quality of democracy
Democratisation and State building
Civil society & social movements

MOD 3: Governance
Political institutions and models of governance
Multilevel governance and scale
Regulation and systems of public integrity
Globalisation & local integration

MOD 4: Political Communication
Political Communication and models of democracy
Political Communication, legitimacy and citizen rights
The communication and media dimensions of different models of political participation
The role of public opinion in political communication: public spheres & social movements

Main Bibliography Agamben, G. (2005). State of Exception. Chicago: CPU.
Balibar, E. (2009). We, The People of Europe?. Princeton: UPP.
Benz, A. & Papadopoulos, Y., eds. (2006). Governance and Democracy: Comparing National, European and International Experiences. London: Routledge.
Beetham, D., ed. (1994). Defining and Measuring Democracy. London: SP
Blumer, J., & Gurevitch, M. (1995). The Crisis of Public Communication. London: Routledge.
Della Porta, D. & Tarrow, S., eds., (2005). Transnational Protest and Global Activism. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.
Linz, J. J. & Stepan, A. (1996). Problems of Democratic Transition and Consolidation: Southern Europe, South America, and Post-Communist Europe. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins UP
Muller, J.-W. (2016). What is Populism?. Pennsylvania: UPP.
Norris, P. (2001). Digital divide? Civic Engagement, Information Poverty and the Internet Worldwide. Cambridge: CUP
Przeworski, A.; et al (2000). Democracy and Development. Cambridge: CUP.

Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria The seminars will be expository - teachers will clarify the themes and issues in focus in each session - and organized discussions with students.
Students will be encouraged to question the speakers and to participate in the discussions, leading to the formulation of problems and the operationalization of theories and concepts assimilated.

a) Presentations in classes or Perusall debates, based on readings to be distributed (10%).
Note: not all classes will include this element.

b) An essay of up to 3,500 words (90%), which may cover any module (or combination of modules).
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2022-02-28

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