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Compared Political Systems

Code 15737
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(30H)
Scientific area Ciência Política
Entry requirements None.
Learning outcomes The curricular unit is organized into 6 topics. At the end of the teaching-learning process, the student should be able to:
1. Understand and interpret the debate around the concept of political system;
2. Understand and identify the central characteristics of political systems and their subsystems;
3. Analyze the functioning of political systems in a comparative perspective
4. Understand the impact of the functioning of the political system and its possible changes on the functioning of democracy
5. Analyze the contexts and mechanisms of change in political systems
6. To frame the Portuguese political system in the light of the global comparative context.
Syllabus The Curricular Unit program covers the following topics:

1. Concept of political system and systemic approach
2. Political system and its subsystems
3. Political systems in comparative perspective
3.1. United Kingdom
3.2. USA
3.3. France
4. Functioning of political systems and the quality of democracy
5. Reform of political systems
6. Portuguese political system
Main Bibliography Duverger, M. (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.
Morais, C.B. (1997). As metamorfoses do semipresidencialismo português, Revista Jurídica, n.º 22, pp. 141-159.
Freire, A., Martins, M.M. & Moreira, D. (2008). Para uma melhoria da representação política. A reforma do sistema eleitoral. Lisboa: Edições Sextante.
Pasquino, G. (2005). Sistemas Políticos Comparados, Cascais: Princípia.

All texts available in Moodle Plataform.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Classes follow a theoretical-practical model, with the first part of the class being reserved for the expository aspect of the main concepts, theories and theoretical formulations of the contents taught. The second part of the class corresponds to a practical analysis aspect of the various political systems, with the active participation of students, in the analysis of texts, presentations and discussion on the topics covered.

The assessment will consist of the following assessment elements:
Discussion of a scientific article in a classroom context (50% of the final grade). Date: January 9, 2024.
Preparation of a critical review (25% of the final classification). Date: 01/09/2024.
Presentation and discussion of a topic in class (25% of the final grade). Dates: November 28th and December 5th, 2023.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2023-10-10

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