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Portuguese Political System

Code 12287
Year 1
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 7
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Ciência Política
Entry requirements Not applicable.
Mode of delivery Face-to-face.
Learning outcomes The course is organized in five topics. At the end of the course, the student should be able to:
1. Understand the specific characteristics of the Portuguese political system, through its classification and framing in comparative terms.
2. Identify and understand the various subsystems of the Portuguese political system, identifying the correlation between them and the degrees of the respective operating dependence.
3. Analyze the functioning of the Portuguese political system after the revolution of April 1974, identifying the constitutional powers and concrete political practice.
4. Understand the impact of the political system and its possible changes in the functioning of democracy.
5. Analyze the different proposed changes to the political system and its subsystems in the national policy framework.
Syllabus 1. Portuguese Political System – elements and composition.
2. The Portuguese semi-presidentialism – an overview.
3. The functioning of the Portuguese Political System since April 25, 1974.
4. Portuguese Political System and Democracy Quality – a comparative analysis.
5. Political system: challenges and reforms?
Main Bibliography AMARAL, D.F., 2008. A transição para a democracia. Memórias políticas ii (1976-1982), Lisboa, Bertrand.
CARVALHO, M. Proença de, 2010. Manual de Ciência Política e Sistemas Políticos e Constitucionais, 3ª ed., Lisboa, Quid Juris – Sociedade Editora.
CANOTILHO, J.J. & Moreira, V., 1978. Constituição da República Portuguesa, anotada, Coimbra, Coimbra Editora.
CRUZ, M. Braga da, 1994. O Presidente da República e a evolução e génese do sistema de governo português, Análise Social, Vol. 29, n.º 1 e 2, pp. 237-265.
DUVERGER, Maurice, 1985. Os Grandes Sistemas Políticos: Instituições Políticas e Direito Constitucional – 1, Coimbra, Livraria Almedina.
FERNANDES, A.J., 1991. Os sistemas político-constitucionais português e espanhol, Lisboa, Europa Editora.
FREIRE, A. (org.)., 2012. O sistema político português séculos XIX-XXI – continuidades e rupturas, Coimbra, Almedina.
FREIRE, A., Martins, M.M. & Moreira, D., 2008. Para uma melhoria da representação política. A reforma do sistema eleitor
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Scientific article – 50%

Class presentations – 50% (2 presentations; 25% each).

Student workers have the following elements of assessment:
Scientific article – 50%
Literature review – 50%.

Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2022-03-25

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