Admission requirementsGeneral entry requirements + Civics A, English B. Or: Civics 1b / 1a1 +1a2.
For Swedish Upper Secondary Grades merit rating will be calculated according to Områdesbehörighet 6/A6
final grades 66% national university aptitude test 34%
"The key point is that students will learn to look beyond the headlines and day to day events, and start to interconnect causal links between one event and another." – Derek Hutcheson, Programme Coordinator.
This programme is a truly international and interdisciplinary education that prepares students for the challenges that face Europe in the early 21st century. It introduces a variety of disciplines and perspectives on Europe, combining theories and insights from political science, history, geography, law, culture and literature. Students will gain a thorough understanding of Europe and the European Union. Based in the vibrant cross-border Öresund region that bridges Sweden and Denmark, the programme offers a unique combination of European, national and regional perspectives. This programme is ideal for those seeking a career in national administrations, the EU institutions, or elsewhere in the private, public and voluntary spheres – as well as more locally in public administration. It also provides a solid foundation for further studies at the Master’s level.
What is European Studies?
We are the first generation in hundreds of years to have grown up in a Europe without war. At the same time, the early 21st century has seen new divisions and constellations that challenge the accepted European order of the last sixty years. There has never been a better time to study European Studies and gain an understanding of the continent’s history, identity and politics.
The field of European Studies combines perspectives, theories and issues from political science, history, geography, law, culture and literature studies. Europe is complex – and it plays an increasingly important role in our lives. In order to fully understand Europe and the European Union, more than one national or scientific perspective is required. This 3-year bachelor's programme provides you with a multidisciplinary approach to Europe in an international setting.
What will I learn?
The programme examines the meaning and concept of Europe. In a broad sense, it gives three perspectives – the historical perspective, a focus on the European Union, and a regional perspective where the proximity to Copenhagen and the location in the middle of the Öresund region is important.
The interdisciplinary approach helps you gain knowledge and awareness related to politics, society and culture on a larger scale. The first year focuses on introducing Europe as a field of study and investigating the emergence of the European Union as a leading European and global actor. In year two, students focus on cultural identity and political mobilisation, and are trained to write a minor thesis. In the final year, students study European urban and political geography, and undertake a task of project management, before consolidating their studies through advanced research training and the completion of a final thesis.
What makes European Studies unique?
The programme is built to give students a real experience of European mobility together with historical perspectives and knowledge about how the EU functions. The purpose of the education is to give you a European competence, with focus on critical reflection. Courses combine humanities with social science in an attempt to provide understanding of this continent, with its changes and diversities. Thus, you achieve a practical, as well as a more comprehensive, competence that prepares you for future challenges in Europe.
Academic approach and teaching methods
During the programme you will work actively with cross-border cooperation during the courses and in your research. The academic approach has a close connection to actual and current events in the European sphere. Teaching methods include lectures, group work, simulations, debates, theme studies and self-study of literature.
In addition to academic training in the classrooms, students have the opportunity to gain training in Geographic Information System (GIS) and project management.
Go abroad during your studies
During the second year you will have the opportunity to study abroad and/or do an internship giving you practical experience outside the traditional classroom setting. Malmö University cooperates with a large number of universities to provide exchange opportunities for students.
What career will I be prepared for?
This programme is ideal for those seeking to launch or advance a career in regional and national administrations, the various EU institutions, or elsewhere in the private, public and voluntary spheres that seek people with knowledge and understanding of European institutions, politics and societies. It also provides a solid foundation for further studies at the master’s level.
There has never been a more interesting time to study Europe, agree programme coordinators Derek Hutcheson and Inge Eriksson.
They have devised and developed the new bachelor’s degree giving the subject historical context, political relevancy and to arm graduates with a deep-rooted knowledge which will help them understand future challenges.
“Never a day goes by when you don’t switch on the television and see something which in some way impacts on or has been impacted by the EU,” said Derek.
Looking beyond the headlines
“The key point is that students will learn to look beyond the headlines and day to day events, and start to interconnect causal links between one event and another. They might on the surface appear different, but once you look at the chain of events which led to each of them you can start to understand what the connections are,” he added.
The programme combines different disciplinary approaches, to give students a broad understanding of European culture, history and identity.
The benefits of historical context
“If you do not understand the past and the power of political memory, then you will get lost in the conflict line. The programme gives students better tools to act within the institutions, because politics is connected to memory, to different backgrounds and different political cultures.
“Sometimes there is a focus only on the formalities of institutions, but in negotiations, for example, you need to have an understanding of other aspects of whom you negotiate with,” said Inge.
Derek concentrates on the political science elements of the programme, whereas Inge tackles Europe’s historical context. At times it is necessary to go back as far as the mid-17th Century and the Westphalian period, which saw the formation of national states and the change from fragmented sovereignty to a modern concept of sovereignty. This gives a better understanding of what is going on in Europe today, explained Inge.
“All these things fit together; you cannot understand what is unique about the EU until you can understand that up until 70 years ago, European states frequently went to war which each other, and the EU’s ancestors - the European Coal and Steel Community and European Economic Community - were major attempts to pool sovereignty together and build institutions above the level of individual states,” said Derek.
As political and trade borders have become increasingly blurred, one focus of the programme is on the Öresund Region, which effectively demonstrates how an economic hub can be created between two countries.
The ever-changing Europe
“In the Europe of the past, there were boundaries, borders, and passport controls. Over time, it has become easier to move across the continent and at the same time there are different links over borders. This region is a good example; you have Sweden and Denmark and an infrastructure - the bridge - linking the two together. So increasingly the state boundary between Denmark and Sweden is not a factor, but what is important is that there are common economic and cultural interests on each side of the water. And across Europe you can see similar things happening,” said Derek.
“For the study of regionalisation, we are perfectly situated to use this example as a case study. As well as our location in the region, we have great academic links as well as to regional and local government and other organisations,” added Inge.
Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2017
- Programme Code:
- HGPSK revision 2
- Swedish name:
- Europastudier: Politik, samhällen och kulturer
- Date of establishment:
- 25 June 2015
- Date of ratification:
- 27 March 2015
- Decision-making body:
- Faculty of Culture and Society
- Enforcement date:
- 29 August 2016
General entry requirements + Civics A, English B. Or: Civics 1b / 1a1 +1a2.
This education is organised as a systematic inter-disciplinary progression, with European Studies
as the main field of study. The programme combines perspectives, theories and issues from political science, history, geography, urban studies, political economy, law, culture and literature studies. In most cases the main field courses combines these perspectives and disciplines in relation to themes of importance for European Studies. Progression within the main field of study in the programme takes place during terms 1, 2, 3 and 6. The connection between the separate courses and their progression is described below.
Year one of the programme contains the first two steps of the main field of study, European Studies I and European Studies II. European Studies I, contains two 15 credit courses. The first course – European Studies: Europe as a Field of Knowledge and Europe as an Idea
– combines introductions to academic studies and academically based texts and oral presentations, with a basic introduction to the history of European political thought, the emergence of Europe as concept and reality, and the interaction between them.
The second 15 credit course – European Studies: Organizing European Space – From Early Modern Europe to the European Union
– is a historical overview where social, political and cultural processes are studied, with focus on borders, regions, nations, state building, citizenship and social groups. The emergence and structure of the EU is also introduced and placed in its historical and contemporary political context.
European Studies II is the first of two profile terms and also step 2 in European Studies as the main field of study. During this term, the students will deepen their knowledge about the European Union. It consists of the courses:
- European Studies: Historical and Institutional Perspectives on the European Union, 15 credits,
- European Studies: European Union Law 7,5 credits and
- European Studies: EU as a Global Actor, 7,5 credits.
In these courses, the EU’s organisation, function and history will be discussed, as well as the theoretical perspectives that have been developed to understand and explain the emergence, structure and action of the EU in Europe and at a global level. The progression takes place on two levels – the knowledge about EU’s historical development is deepened and there is also an expanding theoretical knowledge linked to the analysis of European integration processes and European politics.
Term 3 of the programme is also step three of the main study field’s core – European Studies III – and, like term 1, contains two 15-credit courses.
The first course is European Studies: European Political Cultures
. Here, the main focus is on the development in different parts of Europe during the 20th century linked to previous historical contexts. Within the framework of this course a number of perspectives, introduced during term 1, will be expanded and problematized. Themes discussed in the course include memory and the role of the use of history, questions concerning democracy, fascism, communism, populism, and how political programmes and movements affect and are affected by aesthetic valuations and programmes. During this course, students also develop theme suggestions for the upcoming minor thesis in the following course. Here, the progression includes a more complex knowledge about European policy, culture and memory, as well as the skill to produce scientific problem formulations.
The second 15-credit course in European Studies III is European Studies: Research Methods and Minor Thesis. This course combines teaching and training in scientific methods with the writing of a minor individual academic work, which is defended at a minor thesis seminar.
Term 4 is a term with elective options, when the students can choose between exchange studies, internship, or study relevant courses at Malmö University or any other Swedish university.
Term 5 is the second profile term. It begins with the course Political Representation
, 7,5 credits. This course treats themes about participation, citizenship, legitimacy and democracy, linked to the European Union and Europe in a wider sense.
The following course, Applied Analysis of Regionalisation and Urbanisation
, has its main focus on the development of concepts and methods, linked to case studies in regionalisation and urbanisation in Europe. High emphasis is put on analysis work, using geographical concepts and the tool Geographic Information System (GIS).
The second haft of term 5 consists of two parallel half-time 7,5 credit courses. One of them has the title Project Development and Project Management
(7,5 credits). This course gives students education and practical training in planning, implementing and reflecting upon a real situation project, related to themes developed together by the students, teachers, researchers and the surrounding society.
Parallel to the course described above runs a 7,5 credit course named Urbanity, Urbanisation and Globalisation – Cultural and Social Perspectives
. This course takes the Öresund region and the Malmö/Copenhagen area as its point of departure, comparing the region with other urban clusters/border regions in a time of Europeanisation and Globalisation. It also addresses cultural representations of the city, to deepen the understanding of crucial theoretical concepts.
Term 6 is the final term of the programme, as well as of the main field of study, European Studies IV. It contains two courses, of which the first is European Studies: Epistemological Approaches and Research Design
15 credits. This course enhances knowledge in the main field of study, and is a continuation of the method and minor thesis courses from term 3. The course also build the foundation for the final exam thesis, where the students write an independent academic work in the second course of the term, European Studies: Bachelor Thesis
(15 credits). The bachelor thesis is defended at a final seminar.
For programme with start Autumn 2017:
Autumn 2017 - Semester 1
Spring 2018 - Semester 2
Autumn 2018 - Semester 3
Spring 2019 - Semester 4
Autumn 2019 - Semester 5
Spring 2020 - Semester 6
Learning outcomesKnowledge and Understanding
A graduate of the Bachelor’s Programme in European Studies:
Applying knowledge and understanding
- can demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the main field of European Studies, including knowledge on the scientific foundations of the main field of study, relevant methods in the field, in-depth knowledge in a specific area of the field of study and is familiar with current research issues in the field;
- can demonstrate knowledge and understanding of processes of nation- and state-building in Europe, including the role of historical, functional and border regions, and how they relate to Europe’s historical, political, social, economic and cultural development;
- can demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the European Union regarding its institutional framework, historical development, EU-law, policy-making, and relation to member states;
- can demonstrate knowledge and understanding on urbanisation and regionalisation processes in different parts of Europe including relevant theories and methods for analysing such processes;
A graduate of the Bachelor’s Programme in International European Studies:
Making judgments and communicating perspectives
- can search for, gather, evaluate and critically interpret relevant data in a problem formulation and critically discuss phenomena, research questions and situations;
- has the ability to independently identify, formulate and solve problems within agreed timetables;
- is able to, in both orally and in written form, present and discuss information, problems and solutions in dialogue with other groups;
- show abilities needed to work independently in fields relevant to the education, and;
- can plan, implement and evaluate a project relevant for European Studies in cooperation with individuals, groups and organisations from other parts of the society;
A graduate of the Bachelor’s Programme in International European Studies:
- can make judgements which reflect social, scientific and/or ethical issues relevant to European Studies;
- show insight on the societal role of knowledge, and the personal responsibilities of how knowledge is used, and
- has the ability to identify the need for further knowledge and continuous development of competences.
Bachelor of Arts in European Studies