SPS/11 - 6 CFU - 2° Semester

Teaching Staff


Learning Objectives

The aim of the course is to provide students with elements needed to understand the mechanisms underlying the politically relevant phenomena. The course introduces the main theoretical and research perspectives on key issues of political sociology: culture and political identity, political cleavages, organizations (parties, lobbies, interest groups and movements), political participation, electoral behaviour and public opinion. A special focus is on the relationship between democracy, citizenship and political communication in the context of post-representative politics: the new forms of triangulation between media, politics and citizens, the disintermediation and the new meanings of participation.

The phenomena are studied from a perspective of multidipliscinary and integrated knowledge: different conceptual and methodological tools, looking at the historical evolution of the discipline.

Therefore, the course allows acquisition of knowledge concerning policy relevant issues and the formation of abilities needed to identify contemporary political issues.

Course Structure

Lectures, reading of papers and training exercises.

Detailed Course Content

  1. Politics and society
  2. Civil society, State and political system
  3. Political cleavages
  4. Culture and political identity
  5. Participation and democracy
  6. Electoral Behaviour in political studies
  7. Political parties
  8. Movements and interest groups
  9. Participation and digital space
  10. Public opinion in digital sphere
  11. Representation and disintermediation

Textbook Information


The student has to select one book among these:


Please remember that in compliance with art 171 L22.04.1941, n. 633 and its amendments, it is illegal to copy entire books or journals, only 15% of their content can be copied.

For further information on sanctions and regulations concerning photocopying please refer to the regulations on copyright (Linee Guida sulla Gestione dei Diritti d’Autore) provided by AIDRO - Associazione Italiana per i Diritti di Riproduzione delle opere dell’ingegno (the Italian Association on Copyright).

All the books listed in the programs can be consulted in the Library.

Open in PDF format Versione in italiano