Political Science

lespo1114  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Political Science
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h
Q1 or Q2
Baudewyns Pierre; Biard Benjamin (compensates Baudewyns Pierre); Reuchamps Min;
Main themes
This introduction to the discipline will refer to concrete questions a political science student is asking to himself, and more generally, any citizen who tries to understand how the political and the civil spheres are organized. What is political action, politics, a policy? What is the meaning of power? What is legitimate power? What is a political system? What is democracy? Which are the principal collective actors of the political system (political parties, special interest groups)? Which are the values, materialists and "post materialists", of the citizens? What about political participation of the citizens? Which are the principal determinants of the vote? Is there a citizenship's crisis?

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 The course must allow the student to be familiarized with basic theoretical problems, orientations and conceptual apparatus of political science.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Evaluation methods
The evaluation is twofold: on the one hand, a multiple-choice questions exam and, on the other hand, individual works during the semester. Practical information about the course will be delivered and explained by each professor in class.
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Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Minor in Human and Social Sciences

Approfondissement 'Principes de maîtrise de l'actualité'

Minor in Political Sciences

Master [120] in Public Administration

Master [120] in Population and Development Studies

Bachelor in Political Sciences: General

Bachelor in Human and Social Sciences

Master [120] in Political Sciences: General

Master [60] in Labour Sciences (shift schedule)

Bachelor : Business Engineering

Bachelor in Economics and Management

Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Master [60] in Political Sciences: General

Master [120] in Labour sciences (shift schedule)

Master [120] in Political Sciences: International Relations

Bachelor in Information and Communication

Bachelor in Sociology and Anthropology