2019-2020 / SPOL0968-1

Introduction to political science


10h Th, 15h Lect.

Nombre de crédits

 Cours supplémentaires destinés aux étudiants d'échange - Erasmus5 crédits 


Jérôme Jamin


François Debras

Langue(s) de l'unité d'enseignement

Langue anglaise

Organisation et évaluation

Enseignement au premier quadrimestre, examen en janvier


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Unités d'enseignement prérequises et corequises

Les unités prérequises ou corequises sont présentées au sein de chaque programme

Contenus de l'unité d'enseignement

This course is an introduction to the study of political science ("Introduction to political science" and "Introduction à la science politique - SPOL1101-3" question the same concepts).
During this course, we will study:
- different theoretical approaches and concepts of political science (power, legitimacy, participation,...); - political ideologies (liberalism, socialism, communism,...); - the State (roles, functions, organizations and transformations); - elections, forms of representation and electoral behaviour; - political parties, movements and lobbies; - ...

Acquis d'apprentissage (objectifs d'apprentissage) de l'unité d'enseignement

The course aims to give students tools to understand the political environment and various social issues:
- political and social challenges; - changes and transformations of political institutions; - the issues of participation and voting; - interactions between citizens and their representatives; - ...

Savoirs et compétences prérequis

Activités d'apprentissage prévues et méthodes d'enseignement

The course consists of three parts.
- ex cathedra courses during which students are invited to participate; - case studies and questions that students must answer by mobilizing the concepts studied. - the mandatory reading of a political science book that deals with a contemporary phenomenon (the book's references will be given in class)
In this sense, attendance at the course is important and recommended.

Mode d'enseignement (présentiel ; enseignement à distance)

The course is ex cathedra.
It is also structured by reflection and discussion sessions between students. They are required to answer specific questions by mobilizing the concepts studied.
For some chapters, reading an article or a speech is recommended by the teacher.

Lectures recommandées ou obligatoires et notes de cours

The course is based on the notes prepared by the teacher, a compulsory book to read and also various articles in political science and speeches.

Modalités d'évaluation et critères

Oral exam


Remarques organisationnelles

To pass the exam, it is strongly recommended to be present at the courses.
The course starts on Friday, October 4


François Debras (francois.debras@uliege.be)
R.16 (B.31)