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Course 2020-2021 a.y.

30481 - CURRENT POLITICAL PHENOMENA I

BIG
Department of Social and Political Sciences

Course taught in English


Go to class group/s: 31

BIG (3 credits - I sem. - OBS  |  SPS/04)
Course Director:
LANNY MARTIN

Classes: 31 (I sem.)
Instructors:
Class 31: LANNY MARTIN


Mission & Content Summary
MISSION

One of the core goals of political science research is to explain and predict the behavior of voters in democratic elections. Because elections in modern democracies are centered on political parties, most electoral research focuses on the interplay between voter preferences and party strategies. This course exposes students to classic and current research on voter behavior and party competition, which is a vital component in an understanding domestic politics across nations.

CONTENT SUMMARY

The course delves into the underlying issue divisions in modern electorates---such as economic inequality, racial justice, and climate change---and some of their consequences, such as the recent rise of environmentalist and populist parties.  The course also focuses on electoral institutions, and on some of the ways electoral systems can be manipulated, such as gerrymandering and voter registration laws.  For this year of the course, a particular point of emphasis will be on the 2020 national elections in the United States, particularly the race for the presidency.


Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)
KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Demonstrate understanding of the political divisions and cleavages underlying voter attitudes and candidate/party choices
  • Elaborate the reasons for the resurgence in populism and its potential consequences
  • Describe how parties compete spatially for votes
  • Describe how electoral systems translate votes to seats, and how they may be manipulated to shape electoral outcomes
  • Describe whether, and how, campaigns matter to voting outcomes
     
APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course student will be able to...

 

 

  • Analyze contemporary elections to explain and predict voter behavior given the landscape of the party system
  • Predict electoral outcomes based on voter demographics, issue priorities and positions, electoral rules, and the configuration of the party system 

Assessment methods
  Continuous assessment Partial exams General exam
  • Written individual exam (traditional/online)
  •     x
  • Group assignment (report, exercise, presentation, project work etc.)
  •     x
    ATTENDING STUDENTS

    The group assignment allows the students to demonstrate applied knowledge of concepts and empirical research presented in the course to make electoral predictions.

     

    The final exam tests students on their knowledge of theories and empirical research relating to voter behavior and party competition, as well as their knowledge of contemporary political events.

    NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS

    The final exam tests students on their knowledge of theories and empirical research relating to voter behavior and party competition, as well as their knowledge of contemporary political events.


    Teaching materials
    ATTENDING AND NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS

    To be defined

    Last change 09/09/2020 17:55