Spanish Politics - Online

UAB Barcelona Summer School

Spanish Politics Course Presentation - Lecturer Joan Ricart Angulo

Number of credits: 6 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS)
Price: 840 €
Price for UAB students: 200 € 
Teaching Language: English
Place: UAB Campus Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès)
Teaching Period: 22 June to 10 July
Second period:

  • 10-11 Organised tutoring sessions
  • 11-12 Lecture class with professor
  • 12-13 Interactive seminar

Professor: Joan Ricart

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Joan Ricart is an associate professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) where he teaches “Política Catalana” (Catalan Politics) and “Estructura Social i Política” (Political and Social Structure).

He’s also a Guest Lecturer at the MBA of the Universidad Católica de Ávila (UCAV), and an associate professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). 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 of the publication: Los Sistemas Políticos de España e Indonesia. Una perspectiva comparada; Editorial UOC; 2016.

  • Department: Political Science and Public Law
  • Phone number: (+34) 93 5812411
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Contents overview

The course aims at making students familiar with the main features of the Spanish political system, its problems and its evolutionary trends. 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.


Week programme

Week Contents Teaching / learning activities

The Political Institutions:

The 1978 Constitution. Parliament, Government and the Courts. The regionalization of Spain. Spain in the EU. Politics and policy making in the democratic Spain. 


Political culture and political actors:

Citizen attitudes and participation. Elections. The Spanish party system. Political parties. Interest groups, collective action and social movements.


Catalan Politics:

Catalan Institutions. Electoral behaviour and political competition. The Catalan party system. Catalan Nationalism. The end of the Spanish Transition?



  1. Participation in Class (including in class discussions): 40%  
  2. Written exercises (3 short essays, 1 per week): 60%


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