Teaching plan for the course unit

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General information


Course unit name: Spanish Political System

Course unit code: 362516

Academic year: 2021-2022

Coordinator: Rafael Cesareo Martinez Martinez

Department: Department of Political Science, Constitutional Law and Philosophy of Law

Credits: 6

Single program: S



Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 150


Face-to-face and/or online activities



-  Lecture with practical component




Supervised project


Independent learning




Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

— Describe the nineteenth- and twentieth-century history of Spain’s current political system and the Spanish transition to democracy.
— Identify the structure of the main institutions that organise the Spanish political system and compare aspects of these institutions.
— Describe the main features of Spain’s system of government and identify and discuss aspects of the relationship between its political and administrative bodies.
— Identify the laws that determine political activity.
— Describe and discuss the main actors in Spain’s political system, from its political parties and to its special interest groups, advocacy groups and political elites.
— Analyse the composition of the Spanish political system, the ideologies that most influence political activity and the most recurrent areas of political conflict.


Referring to abilities, skills

— Self-evaluate one’s progress in learning in different aspects of the subject.
— Explain basic concepts in political science and use its specialised language.
— Analyse essays, articles and texts on political science.
— Retrieve data for the purposes of political analysis.
— Write and present reports on subjects chosen by the teachers on the course.
— Use discursive writing and speaking skills.


Referring to attitudes, values and norms

— Demonstrate respect for the ideas of others and for democratic practices.

— Evaluate examples of gender inequality and find the means to address these.



Teaching blocks


1. The concept of the Spanish political system

*  The system as an object of study: political dynamic

2. The importance of recent events

*  The construction of the Spanish state during the nineteenth century and the first thirty years of the twentieth century. The different periods of Francoist rule and its specific features. The Spanish transition to democracy: periods and political dynamics.

3. The Spanish Constitution of 1978

*  The pillars of the Constitution: Spain as a social and democratic state subject to the rule of law. The parliamentary monarchy.

4. State-level institutions

*  The Crown. The Spanish Parliament (Cortes Generales): the Congress of Deputies and the Senate. The Government. Relations between the executive and the legislature. Parliamentary majorities and minorities. The General State Administration. The Ombuds Officer. The Constitutional Court. The General Council of the Judiciary.

5. Territorial structure of the State

*     The autonomous communities: features, principles and political systems

6. The voting system and the results of elections

*  Types of election. The voting system. The history of election results. Voting behaviour and the gender perspective.

7. The political parties and the party system

*  The main parties. Origin and history of the party system. Party systems in the autonomous communities.

8. Political elites and interest groups

*  Political and social elites. Economic lobbies. Political elites and the gender perspective.

9. Political culture and the media

*  Political culture and public opinion. The role of the media.





Reading and study resources

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RENIU, J.M. (ed.). Sistema político español. Barcelona : Huygens, 2018.  EnllaƧ

  2a edició, revisada, actualitzada i ampliada

CAMINAL, M.; MATAS, J. (eds.). El sistema polític de Catalunya. Madrid [etc.] : Tecnos [etc.], 1998.  EnllaƧ

ROMÁN, P. (coord.). Sistema político español. Madrid [etc.] : McGraw-Hill, cop. 2002.  EnllaƧ

CASTILLO, P. DEL. Comportamiento político y electoral. Madrid : Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas, 1995.   EnllaƧ

APARICIO, M.A.; BARCELÓ, M. Manual de derecho constitucional. Barcelona : Atelier, 2016.  EnllaƧ

MOLAS, I.; PITARCH, I.E. Las Cortes Generales en el sistema parlamentario de gobierno. Madrid: Tecnos, 1987.  EnllaƧ

Montabes, Juan y Martínez, Antonio (2019) Gobierno y Política en España, Tirant lo Blanch

https://cataleg.ub.edu/search~S1*cat?/XMontabes%2C+Juan+y+Mart{u00ED}nez%2C+Antonio+%282019%29+Gobierno+y+Pol{u00ED}tica+en+Espa{u00F1}a%2C+Ti&searchscope=1&SORT=D/XMontabes%2C+Juan+y+Mart{u00ED}nez%2C+Antonio+%282019%29+Gobierno+y+Pol{u00ED}tica+en+Espa{u00F1}a%2C+Ti&searchscope=1&SORT=D&extended=0&SUBKEY=Montabes%2C+Juan+y+Mart%C3%ADnez%2C+Antonio+(2019)+Gobierno+y+Pol%C3%ADtica+en+Espa%C3%B1a%2C+Ti/1%2C32000%2C32000%2CB/frameset&FF=XMontabes%2C+Juan+y+Mart{u00ED}nez%2C+Antonio+%282019%29+Gobierno+y+Pol{u00ED}tica+en+Espa{u00F1}a%2C+Ti&searchscope=1&SORT=D&1%2C1%2C  EnllaƧ

Solé Tura, Jordi y Aja, Eliseo, Constituciones y períodos constituyentes en España(1808-1936), Madrid, s. XXI, 1977.

https://cataleg.ub.edu/search~S1*cat?/XSol{u00E9}+Tura%2C+Jordi+y+Aja%2C+Eliseo%2C+Constituciones+y+per{u00ED}odos+constituyentes+en&searchscope=1&SORT=D/XSol{u00E9}+Tura%2C+Jordi+y+Aja%2C+Eliseo%2C+Constituciones+y+per{u00ED}odos+constituyentes+en&searchscope=1&SORT=D&extended=0&SUBKEY=Sol%C3%A9+Tura%2C+Jordi+y+Aja%2C+Eliseo%2C+Constituciones+y+per%C3%ADodos+constituyentes+en/1%2C2%2C2%2CB/frameset&FF=XSol{u00E9}+Tura%2C+Jordi+y+Aja%2C+Eliseo%2C+Constituciones+y+per{u00ED}odos+constituyentes+en&searchscope=1&SORT=D&1%2C1%2C  EnllaƧ