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 Bachelor in Political Science

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The BA in Political Science has as its main goal to enable its graduates to perform highly qualified functions in the following areas: State governance, Central, Regional and Local Administration; European institutions; companies working in the fields of political image consulting, polling and media; political coaching, electoral marketing; national and international research centres and think tanks. 

​To that end, the BA in Political Science focuses on the development of multiple skills that allow the correct use of the theoretical, conceptual and methodological tools essential to the analysis and evaluation of political behaviors; the performance of advisory and political coaching functions in the field of political communication; implementation, evaluation and monitoring of public policies and programs. Out graduates in Political Science conquer a solid preparation that allows them also to opt for the pursuit of more advanced study cycles.​

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Note: ​

AIn addition to obtaining a positive grade in the project component, the conclusion of the Curricular Unit (UC) "Project" implies cumulatively, the verification of the following requirements:
(1) compliance with 3 ECTS in the EEGenerating Skills programme;
(2) compliance with the Data Analysis Requirement;
(3) compliance with the Internationalisation Requirement.



2021/2022

General


Academic degree:
  • Bachelor (Bologna 1st cycle degree)
ECTS:
180
Duration:
6 curricular semesters
Regime:
Daytime
Place:
Gualtar Campus, Braga (UM)
Main Scientific area:
  • Political Science and International Relations

Contacts


    School of Economics and Management
    Campus de Gualtar
    4710 - 057 Braga

    Tel: +351 253604510 Fax: +351 253601380
    E-Mail: pedagogico@eeg.uminho.pt
    URL: http://www.eeg.uminho.pt

Description


The main objective of this degree is the highly qualified training of senior technicians qualified for the correct use of quantitative and qualitative instruments essential in the performance of political behavior analysis and evaluation functions, as well as political institutions and reforms; performing political consulting and coaching services; in the performance of political and electoral marketing services; performing functions of analysis, implementation, evaluation and monitoring of public policies, among others.

Key learning outcomes


With a view to the full development of the theoretical, technical and transversal competences underlying these functions, the bachelor degree in Political Science prepares our students to:
1. Interpret the Modern State from an organic and functional point of view;
2. Identify and reflect on the specific dynamics of power and political process;
3. Demonstrate sound theoretical knowledge on the political functioning of different western and non-western political systems and regimes;
4. Understand the main negotiation and decision-making mechanisms at work in the European political institutions and other international fora;
5. Assess the relationship between the political process and the media, with a focus on the use of new media by political actors in organizing and pursuing their agenda.
6. Use basic quantitative and qualitative tools in the collection and analysis of data on policy behavior for market research purposes;
7. Understand the roles of political coaching and political advisory.
8. Design execution plans, monitoring, evaluation of election campaigns.
9. Analyze the implementation of public policies and programs.

Access to higher education


This degree gives the technical-scientific ability to access second cycle courses (Masters).

Careers


The graduates in Political Science are qualified to perform highly specialized roles in multiple organizational contexts, namely:
- Central, Regional and Local Administration;
- State governance;
- European and international institutions;
- Consulting companies;
- Private companies;
- Public opinion study centers;
- Social media;
- Research Centers and Think Tanks.

Access


40

Vacancies

0

Minimum

Access forms


The access to this Cycle of Studies can be done through the following ways:
- Application for National Access to Higher Education Admissions;
- Application for Special Access to Higher Education Admissions;
- Application for Local Access to Higher Education Admissions;
- Application for Special Access to Higher Education Admissions;
- Application for Access to Higher Education Admissions through Re-Entry, Change and Transfer of Course.

Formal requirements


Entrance Testing

04 Economy
or
06 Philosophy
or
11 History

This information must be verified on
http://www.dges.gov.pt/guias/detcursopi.asp?codc=9019&code=1000

Aditional Information


Study Plan


Regime Curricular Unit Scientific Area ECTS
Year 1 60
S1 Introduction to Political Science I CPRI 6
S1 Introduction to Public Administration CA 6
S1 Methodology in Political Science CPRI 6
S1 Political Economics E 6
S1 Political Theory I CPRI 6
S2 Applied Statistics to Political Science E 6
S2 Direito Político D 6
S2 Introduction to Political Science II CPRI 6
S2 Political Theory II CPRI 6
S2 Portuguese Political Thought F 6
Year 2 60
S1 International Politcs CPRI 6
S1 Policy Process Theory CA 6
S1 Political Parties CPRI 6
S1 Portuguese Political System CPRI 6
S1 Opção I 6
Contemporary Diplomacy CPRI 6
CPLP Dynamics CPRI 6
Cybersecurity and New Threats CPRI 6
Islam and Arab World CPRI 6
Maritime Security CPRI 6
Nations and Nationalisms CPRI 6
Public Administration of the European Union CA 6
Public Policies and Sustainability CA 6
S2 Elites Policies CPRI 6
S2 European Union Political System CPRI 6
S2 Political and Electoral Communication Marketing CPRI 6
S2 Public Opinion and Political Behaviour CPRI 6
S2 Opção II 6
CPLP Dynamics CPRI 6
Cybersecurity and New Threats CPRI 6
Electoral Systems CPRI 6
Innovation Management in Public Administration CA 6
Islam and Arab World CPRI 6
Maritime Security CPRI 6
Nations and Nationalisms CPRI 6
Public Administration of the European Union CA 6
Public Policies and Sustainability CA 6
Year 3 60
S1 Democracy and Citizenship CPRI 6
S1 Political Systems CPRI 6
S1 Pressure groups and Social Movements CPRI 6
S1 Opção III 6
Contemporary Diplomacy CPRI 6
CPLP Dynamics CPRI 6
Cybersecurity and New Threats CPRI 6
Desenvolvimento Regional e Local E 6
Direito da Integração Europeia D 6
Islam and Arab World CPRI 6
Maritime Security CPRI 6
Marketing G 6
Nations and Nationalisms CPRI 6
Political Psychology Psi 6
Public Administration of the European Union CA 6
Public Policies and Sustainability CA 6
S1 Opção IV 6
Contemporary Diplomacy CPRI 6
CPLP Dynamics CPRI 6
Cybersecurity and New Threats CPRI 6
Desenvolvimento Regional e Local E 6
Direito da Integração Europeia D 6
Islam and Arab World CPRI 6
Maritime Security CPRI 6
Marketing G 6
Nations and Nationalisms CPRI 6
Public Administration of the European Union CA 6
Public Policies and Sustainability CA 6
S2 Applied Project CPRI; CA 13
S2 Surveys and Opinion Polls CPRI 6
S2 Opção UMinho 5
S2 Opção V 6
CPLP Dynamics CPRI 6
Cybersecurity and New Threats CPRI 6
Desenvolvimento Regional e Local E 6
Direito da Integração Europeia D 6
Islam and Arab World CPRI 6
Maritime Security CPRI 6
Marketing G 6
Nations and Nationalisms CPRI 6
Public Administration of the European Union CA 6
Public Policies and Sustainability CA 6

Assessment/Accreditation


A3ES Accreditation status:
Accredited
Resolution publication date:
26-07-2021
Registry number at Ministry:
R/A-Ef 2416/2011/AL01
Registry Date:
14-08-2021
Accreditation validity:
30-07-2025