Polimetrics

A.Y. 2019/2020
6
Max ECTS
40
Overall hours
SSD
SPS/04
Language
English
Learning objectives
This course is aimed to teach how to apply the spatial theory of voting in different settings to better understand the entire political cycle: from electoral competition to government formation. Students will also learn the main theories and the connected methods available in the literature to estimate the policy space within which political interactions occur as well as to measure the positions of political actors interacting in such space. To this aim, enrolled students will be introduced to different open-source software during the lab-classes.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the student must be able to present a better knowledge of the processes producing a government formation. Enrolled students will also learn, during the lab lectures, how to link theoretical questions to empirical analysis to answer relevant political questions related for example to government stability.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Third trimester
Course syllabus
This course is aimed to teach how to apply the spatial theory of voting in different settings to better understand the entire political cycle: from electoral competition to government formation. Students will also learn the main theories and the connected methods available in the literature to estimate the policy space within which political interactions occur as well as to measure the positions of political actors interacting in such space. To this aim, different open-source software will be employed during the lab-classes.
Prerequisites for admission
To be enrolled in this course, students must have already successfully passed two exams: "Political Science" and "Statistics"
Teaching methods
Frontal lessons and Lab exercises
Teaching Resources
A companion of texts is available in the two home-pages of the course:
http://www.luigicurini.com/polimetrics.html
http://www.andreaceron.com
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam aims to verify that the student has learned the concepts covered by the course and knows how to express them clearly and precisely, using the correct terminology.
For the enrolled students, the exam consists of an intermediate (written) test and a final (written) test. Both the tests will be held in the lab.
For the non-enrolled students, course grades will be based on a written exam that aims to verify that students have learnt the main topics discussed in the texts.
SPS/04 - POLITICAL SCIENCE - University credits: 6
Lessons: 40 hours
Professor(s)
Reception:
please contact me via email
skype / room 303
Reception:
Wednesday 14:00-17:00
room 319 - via Conservatorio 7, Department of Social and Political Sciences. The office-hours will be held on-line. Plz write directly to the teacher to make an appointment