Spanish Politics

Universidad de Barcelona

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Spanish Politics

  • Host University

    Universidad de Barcelona

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain

  • Area of Study

    International Politics, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

    45
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    Course description
    The aim of the course is to introduce students to the main features of the Spanish Political
    system and its evolution. In order to do so the main elements that compose political
    systems are reviewed. The course will also review how the Spanish system might be
    different or similar to other systems of the world.
    The course is divided in three main sections: Institutional framework, Elections and Political
    Culture. The first section explains the institutions that govern the life of the country and
    the legal basis of the system. This first section is divided in three subsections, one that
    explains the background and context where the institutions were chosen and approved;
    one that explains the main institutions of the constitutional agreement reached in 1978
    and their development; and one that introduces the territorial organisation and the process
    of decentralisation. The second section focuses on one of the main figures of democratic
    systems: electoral dynamics in Spain. This section starts with a description of regulation of
    elections in Spain. Then Spanish political parties are presented and discussed. Finally, the
    electoral dynamics are explained by reviewing the different phases of electoral behaviour
    in different elections since democracy was established. The last section introduces the main
    figures of political culture in Spain and the ways in which it might be different from that of
    other countries. It is divided in two section, one that focuses on the elites and its
    characteristics and one that will review the main figures of citizens political culture and
    public attitudes.


    Methodology
    Sessions are structured in three parts. First a presentation with the main concepts and ideas
    of the topic is delivered by the lecturer. Once the presentation is finished, students are
    asked to engage in a debate on how the Spanish political system is similar or different to
    other political systems they know in regard to the concepts explained, participation in
    these debates will be evaluated. Finally, session will finish with an exercise that links the
    theory presented with some practical elements. That latter part will usually involve some
    reading or the analysis of some data. Some of these exercises will have to be handed in the
    next session as part of the evaluation of the module.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.