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Political Science

Code: MECC002     Acronym: CP

Instance: 2012/2013 - 1S

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Journalism and Communication Sciences
Course/CS Responsible: Master in Communication Sciences

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MECC 15 (OLD STUDY PLAN - do not choose this one) Study Plan: Master's in Communication Sciences 1 - 8 4 4

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
António José Machuco Pacheco Rosa

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical and practical : 3,00
Tutorial Supervision: 1,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical and practical Totals 1 3,00
António José Machuco Pacheco Rosa 3,00
Tutorial Supervision Totals 1 1,00
António José Machuco Pacheco Rosa 1,00

Teaching language



Politics as the organisation and control of society is of key importance in today’s world. The functioning and structure of political systems affects almost everything in people’s daily lives. In the Western world, political institutions are playing an ever-increasing role in the organisation of society. One of the core elements of politics, power, does not let anyone escape its control. Power today has new forms and new objectives. It is therefore worthwhile highlighting a new power: the ‘fourth estate’, that of the media. The Political Science course unit tackles the main issues of politics, like power, democracy, political parties, ideology, the state, government, political institutions, and others. The topics stressed are interest groups (especially political parties) and government (in the broad sense), because they are prone to use the media.


1.1. General considerations on politics
1.2. Theoretical-conceptual background
1.3. Scientific methods
2.1. Historical context
2.2. Current theoretical paradigm
2.3. Crisis of the social state
2.4. Concept of political culture
3.1. Universal suffrage: development and characteristics
3.2. Electorate and electoral process
3.3. Elements of the electoral system
3.3. Types of electoral systems
3.4. Elections in Portugal
4.1. Concept of political party
4.2. Constitutionalisation of political parties
4.3. Internal structure of the parties
4.4. Management and leadership of political parties
4.5. Current trends in political parties in Portugal
5.1. Representation in the modern state
5.2. Government and political parties
5.3. Effectiveness of public policies
5.4. Current debate on general government

Teaching methods and learning activities

The usual social sciences teaching approach will generally be used, i.e. the expository method. The discursive technique will use projectable and non-projectable audiovisual resources, i.e. boards, overhead projector, thematic maps, etc.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Description Type Time (hours) Weight (%) End date
Attendance (estimated) Participação presencial 72,00
Exame 2,00
Exame 42,00
Trabalho escrito 100,00
Total: - 0,00

Eligibility for exams

Assessment will respect the FLUP Assessment Regulations, viz. distributed assessment with final exam. Attendance of 75% of classes is required to sit the exam, unless established otherwise by law; preparation and oral presentation of a project; final exam. Final evaluation: 10% attendance and participation; 40% project; 50% final exam.

Calculation formula of final grade

- attendance - 10% (2 points)
- project - 40% (8 points)
- final exam - 50% (10 points)
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