88060 - Political Science

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  • Teacher Daniela Piana

  • Learning modules Daniela Piana (Modulo 1)
    Daniela Piana (Modulo 2)
    (Modulo 3)

  • Credits 10

  • SSD SPS/04

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures (Modulo 1)
    Traditional lectures (Modulo 2)
    Traditional lectures (Modulo 3)

  • Language English

  • Campus of Forli

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in International relations and diplomatic affairs (cod. 8048)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Reduced inequalities Sustainable cities Peace, justice and strong institutions

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The course provides notions about the method, concepts, categories, and key patterns of Political Science. At the end of the course the student is able to describe and interpret political phenomena and, in particular, the funtioning and transformations of democratic political systems. The course also provides students with intellectual tools for decoding the current political debate, as well as with logical and linguistic tools for communicating the results of their analysis to an audience of specialists and non-specialists

Course contents

The course aims at providing students with the conceptual categories and methodological principles with which they may  observe and understand political phenomena. The comparison between these categories and these principles with the recent transformations undergone by national and international institutions will be at the core of the class sessions.

The program is divided into three parts:

A) introductory sessions to categories and methods

B) empirical focus

C) focus of critical reflection


Parts B and C will follow an interactive approach, while part A will be mainly traditional.


Items selected from the International Encyclopedia of Political Science: accountability, governance, democracy, authoritarianism, freedom, equality, rule of law.

Morlino, L. Piana, D. Raniolo, F. Wagemann, C. Sottilotta, C. Equality Freedom, and Democracy, Oxford University Press, 2020 (open access). https://global.oup.com/academic/product/equality-freedom-and-democracy-9780198813873?cc=it&lang=en&

Teaching methods

Interactive and participative 

Mapping concepts semantics sessions 

Critical review of the international policy discourse 

Focus on empirical cases 

Assessment methods

Written exam

Office hours

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