Università di Napoli Federico II
Understanding Political Concepts
Università di Napoli Federico II

Understanding Political Concepts

Taught in English

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Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Mauro Calise
Werner Patzelt

Instructors: Mauro Calise


(13 reviews)

Beginner level

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15 hours to complete
3 weeks at 5 hours a week
Flexible schedule
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What you'll learn

  • How to unpack and reconstruct the key concepts of political science

    Critical thinking skills applied to political concepts

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There are 4 modules in this course

This module presents an initial first exploration in the field of “Hyperpolitics”. You will be introduced to conceptual thinking and elementary theory-building through Hyperpolitics, an interactive dictionary for understanding and working with the most central concepts in political science.

What's included

7 videos15 readings2 quizzes

This module presents an in-depth discussion of the Hyperpolitics methodology. You will learn about tools for conceptual thinking, such as property spaces and typologies, and will be introduced to the matrix building process.

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9 videos14 readings2 quizzes

This module presents the first matrix and definition of a concept through the Hyperpolitics methodology, taking “party” as an example. You will learn about the origin and evolution of a key actor of contemporary political regimes, as well as how to navigate through linked matrixes on the online platform. Therefore, the module explores the concept of legislature, considered a basic ingredient of modern democracies.

What's included

6 videos16 readings2 quizzes

This module presents the matrices of the concepts of Bureaucracy, Constitution and Corporation. Adopting the Hyperpolitics methodology, you will learn about the growth of bureaucracy and the selection of bureaucrats, as well as the origin and evolution of the concept of constitution from a political science perspective. This module then navigates through the matrix of “corporation”, by reconstructing the historical and conceptual ties between ancient and modern corporations.

What's included

9 videos22 readings3 quizzes1 peer review


Mauro Calise
Università di Napoli Federico II
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