The course aims at making students familiar with the main features of the Spanish political system, its problems and its evolutionary trends. We will see how Spain is organized politically; how Spanish people vote; the country’s relationship with the European Union; and who are its main political actors. Also, it will focus on providing students with the analytical tools necessary to examine the different elements of the Catalan political system, paying special attention to the transformation that it has undergone in the past few years, not only regarding the different profiles of Catalan society, but also its political culture and electoral behaviour.
The students will have the unique opportunity to visit the Parlament of Catalonia, in order to learn firsthand how it works and how is the day to day of Spanish politics.
Block 1: The Political Institutions:
Block 2: Political Culture & Political Actors:
Block 3: Catalan Politics:
From Monday to Friday.
From 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Participation in class (including in-class discussions): 40%
3 short essays (900 words each): 60%
- 1st essay: by the end of the 1st week
- 2nd essay: by the end of the 2nd week
- 3rd essay: by the end of the 3rd week
Joan Ricart is an associate professor at the UAB where he teaches Catalan Politics and Electoral Processes in the World. He’s also an associate professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) where he teaches European Politics. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the UAB and his PhD at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) with a thesis on Indonesian political parties and their process of institutionalization in a decentralized reality. He is the coordinator and an author of the publication: Los Sistemas Políticos de España e Indonesia. Una perspectiva comparada; Editorial UOC; 2016.
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