30200 - POLITICAL SCIENCE
CLEAM - CLEF - CLEACC - BESS-CLES - WBB - BIEF - BIEM
Course taught in English
Go to class group/s: 31
The course is divided in two parts.
In the first part the course addresses issues such as the evolution of political science, the description of the main features of various political regimes and the role of power relations in contemporary democracies.
In the second part an analysis of the origins and development of the concept of human rights as it appears in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is carried out.
- Introduction: what is politics? How to study it? What is its relationship with other disciplines?
- Democracy, democracies and nondemocratic regimes.
- Political institutions: executive and legislative power, the courts; public administration.
- Political parties, the media, interest groups, social movements.
- The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
- Are Human Rights Universal?
- A partial written exam at the end of the first part of the course (50 percent of the final grade) and one at the end of the second part (50 percent).
- One cumulative written exam at the end of the course.
Attending students have the opportunity to gain extra credit with an in class presentation.
- R. HAGUE, M. HARROP, Comparative Government and Politics. An introduction, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
- L. HUNT, Inventing Human Rights, Norton, 2007, pp. 324-377.
- E. ROOSVELT, The Promise of Human Rights, Foreign Affairs, 1948.
- C. DOUZINAS, Are Human Rights Universal? and What are Human Rights?.
- S. MOYN, Human Rights in History.
- A. SEN, Asian Values and Human Rights.