State and Political Systems

Academic year
Subject Area
Political Science – International Relations
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
1st Cycle Studies

Recommended Prerequisites

Knowledge and interest in State and Political Sociology.

Teaching Methods

Text presentations and discussions.

Learning Outcomes

Overall objectives
To present the basic theoretical framework of scientific production in what refers to the state and the different political systems.

Specific objectives
To identify, understand and sistematize the specific features of the genesis and evolution of contemporary state, as well as the components of the different political systems in present most recent history.

Generic competencies
Generation of analysis and (oral and written) communication.

Specific competencies
Development of cognitive and methodological capacities.

Work Placement(s)



Curricular unity State and Political Systems provides a knowledge assemblage retreated from the historical importance of state institutions for social life in societies. In one way, it doubles up on the on the theoretical, or normative, field that historically has developed turning these institutions, promoting its assertion, development and legitimation, and on the other way, over the material or cultural effective conditions of its concrete translation in the life of several people and countries. The general theory of state, and its philosophical and pragmatic foundations, the different modalities of state architecture, as well as the political regimes that they sheltered will constitute the main subjects approached.

Head Lecturer(s)

Rahul Mahendra Kumar

Assessment Methods

Continuous Assessment
Assignments and participation in class: 100.0%

Final Assessment
Exam: 100.0%


ABENDROTH, Wolfgang ; LENK, Kurt -  Introducción a la ciência política. Barcelona : Editorial Anagrama, 1971. [BP 32 ABE]

BAUDOUIN, Jean - Introdução à sociologia política. Lisboa : Editorial Estampa, 2000. [BP 316.334.3 BAU]

GIDDENS, Anthony - Política, governo e Estado. In GIDDENS, Anthony - Sociologia. 8ª ed.. Lisboa : Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, 2010. p. 375-424. [BP 316 GID]

PASQUINO, Gianfranco - Curso de ciência política. Cascais : Princípia, 2002. [BP 32 PAS]

SÁ, Luís - Introdução à ciência política. Lisboa : Universidade Aberta, 1999. [BP 32 SA]