Introduction to Political Science

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Introduction to Political Science
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Faculté Faculté des sciences de la société
Département Département de science politique et relations internationales
Professeur(s) Rémi Baudoui[1] (2011 - )
Damian Raess[2][3] (2011 - 2014)
Stephan Davidshofer[4][5][6] (2015)
Pascal Sciarini[7][8] (2015)
Frédéric Varone[9][10] (2015)
Sandra Lavenex[11][12] (2015)
Omar Serrano[13][14][15] (2015)
Annabelle Lever[16][17] (2015)
Enregistrement(s) 2015
Cours Introduction à la science politique


This introductory course in political science approaches basic concepts as well as the most common central objects and approaches. It enables students to acquire concepts and tools that provide them with the conditions for understanding a political situation, whether it is local, regional or global in scale.

The course presents both the discipline of political science and its evolution over time from a few major figures of the discipline from yesterday to today. It also deals with the different historical and contemporary approaches that mark the reflection of the discipline. Finally, he is interested in objects studied as such: the state, war, nationalism, development, political regimes, institutions in modern democracies...

This course aims to familiarize the public with the basic concepts and main approaches to political science. One of the overriding pedagogical objectives is the acquisition of language and methodology that can stimulate critical thinking with regard to contemporary political issues and address key reference authors of political thought. It is complemented by a presentation of the most important approaches to contemporary political science. More in-depth reflections on this subject will allow us to illustrate the links between society, facts and political choices on the basis of specific themes. This course also aims to provide an overview of the main sub-disciplines of political science, particularly electoral studies, Swiss politics, comparative politics, public policy analysis, international relations and normative political theory.

Courses[modifier | modifier le wikicode]

Foundations[modifier | modifier le wikicode]

From Durkheim to Bourdieu (Rémi Baudoui)

The origins of the fall of the Weimar Republic (Damian Raess)

Max Weber and Vilfredo Pareto (Rémi Baudoui)

The notion of "concept" in social sciences (Damian Raess)

Approaches[modifier | modifier le wikicode]

Marxism and Structuralism (Rémi Baudoui)

Functionalism and Systemism (Rémi Baudoui)

Interactionism and Constructivism (Rémi Baudoui)

Interests (Damian Raess)

The institutions (Damian Raess)

Ideas (Damian Raess)

The theories of political anthropology (Rémi Baudoui)

Objects[modifier | modifier le wikicode]

What is War? (Rémi Baudoui)

The War: Concepts and Evolutions (Stephan Davidshofer)

The reason of State (Rémi Baudoui)

State, sovereignty, globalization and multi-level governance (Damian Raess)

What is Violence? (Rémi Baudoui)

Welfare State and Biopower (Rémi Baudoui)

Political regimes and democratisation (Damian Raess)

Electoral systems (Damian Raess)

Governments and Parliaments (Damian Raess)

Morphology of contestations (Rémi Baudoui)

Régimes politiques, démocratisation (Damian Raess)

Action in Political Theory (Rémi Baudoui)

The main areas of political science[modifier | modifier le wikicode]

Introduction to Swiss politics (Pascal Sciarini)

Introduction to political behaviour (Pascal Sciarini)

Public Policy Analysis: Definition and cycle of public policy (Frédéric Varone)

Public Policy Analysis: agenda setting and formulation (Frédéric Varone)

Public Policy Analysis: Implementation and Evaluation (Frédéric Varone)

Introduction to the sub-discipline of international relations (Sandra Lavenex et Omar Serrano)

Introduction to Political Theory (Annabelle Lever)

Bibliography[modifier | modifier le wikicode]

  • Caramani Daniele (2011) Comparative Politics, Oxford, Oxford University Press.
  • Hermet, Guy ; Badie, Bertrand; Birbaum Pierre; Braud, Philippe, (2010)Dictionnaire de la science politique et des institutions politiques
  • Katzelson Ira; Milner V. Helen (2002), Political Science : The State of the Discipline, New York, Norton
  • Schemeil Yves, (2010), Introduction à la science politique : Objets, méthodes, résultats, Paris, Presses de Science po et Dalloz
  • Knoepfel, Peter, Larue Corinne, Savard François et Varone Frédéric,(2015). Analyse et pilotage des politiques publiques : France, Suisse, Canada, Québec, Presses de l'Université du Québec, 452 p.
  • Schemeil, Yves, Introduction à la science politique, objets, méthodes, résultats, objectifs, 2015, Paris, Dalloz, 773 p.

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