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Political Science: Global Politics and Societal Change, Master’s Programme (One-Year)

Summary

The masterprogram Global Politics and Societal Change aims towards you who are interested in global political issues. You will learn how an increasing complex world, where the global and the local meet, presents us with new challenges and opportunities. The programme provides you with a solid practical base concerning concepts like justice, peace, security, power, culture and democracy. You will learn how to analyse conflicts, international relations and human rights claims and violations.
This is a multi-disciplinary programme with a core of political science which address aspects of international relations, human rights and peace and conflict studies. Focus lays on the transformation of society, especially concerning the relationship between the state and other actors such as international organisations and companies.
Changes in political control, from reduced central control towards a greater degree of network control will also be addressed. You will analyze the growing importance of international norms, such as human rights. The emergence of other conflict patterns than those related to socio-economic resources (such as culture, ideology and religion) is important parts of the courses.


For general admissions enquiries please contact the admissions office: admissions@mah.se.

Admission requirements

A Bachelor’s Degree within a social science field, e.g., Political Science, Peace and Conflict Studies, International Relations, Human Rights or a related major field. English B/6

Selection:

credits 100%

About

What is Global Politics and Societal Change about?

These are turbulent political times. International power bases are shifting. Political, economic and military threats merge and reform, presenting new political challenges. Examples like China and Russia prompt us to rethink the widely held belief that democratic reform will follow on the heels of economic progress. In these days of the “war on terror” it is also more and more difficult to know what a war is, who fights it, how it starts and how it can end. In the meantime, global inequality is increasing. Half of the world’s population lives in severe poverty, many of them in conflict-ridden regions and/or under failing governments. Problems of development – malnutrition, poverty, preventable diseases – can be solved by a global effort, so why does it not happen?

The one-year master's programme in Global Politics and Societal Change will help you make sense of these issues. It will give you a solid theoretical base concerning the meaning and role of concepts like justice, peace, security, power, culture and democracy.

What makes the master programme unique?

The programme is thoroughly interdisciplinary and draws on the different strengths in the Department of Global Political studies, including International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, Human Rights, Public Policy, but also Ethnography and Philosophy. It focuses specifically on the changing nature of global politics and pays particular attention to how new institutions and patterns of conflict and cooperation affects public policy on different levels, including the local level. In addition to advancing a more nuanced perspective on what ‘globalisation’ means, the programme extends to our understanding of politics as a continuous and often very complex interaction of decision-making, institutions, and advocacy on multiple levels.

What career will I be prepared for?

After graduation you will be well prepared for qualified social scientific analysis. You will be well equipped to work with issues like international aid, development, conflict prevention, foreign policy, and human rights fulfillment. You attain up to date skills based on the latest research combined with an ability to manage projects and communicate scientific knowledge to various social actors in the field.

Potential employers are international agencies, non-governmental organisations, local and national administration agencies and the diplomatic service. You will also be able to continue for research education studies at advanced and doctoral levels after completing your degree.

 

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Syllabus

Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2017

Programme Code:
SAPSM revision 3
Swedish name:
Statsvetenskap: Global politik och samhällsomvandling, magisterprogram
Language:
English
Date of establishment:
19 June 2014
Date of ratification:
12 September 2016
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
29 August 2017

Entry requirements

A Bachelor’s Degree within a social science field, e.g., Political Science, Peace and Conflict Studies, International Relations, Human Rights or a related major field. English B/6

Organisation

The basic theme of the programme is the changing role of the national state and its consequences for the organization and practice of politics. The aim of the programme is to give students a basis for understanding and critically relating to four central development tendencies in contemporary political life: (1) a movement away from the totally predominant role of the national state towards an increasing role of international organizations, NGOs, businesses and other actors; (2) a movement away from government towards governance , i.e., a movement away from politics as structured in terms of top-down relations within national states towards more complex forms of governance; (3) the growing importance of international norms within politics both at the international and the national level; and (4) the development of other conflict patterns than those concerning socio-economic resources, e.g., culture, religion and gender. The overarching aim of the programme is to identify and problematize the way global transformation processes affect the possibilities to organize and pursue politics on the local level.
Contents
Semester 1

  • Political science: Visions of global politics (7.5 credits)
  • Political science: Post-Westphalian politics (7.5 credits)
  • Political science: Multilevel governance and transnational policy (7.5 credits)
  • Political science: Norms of the international community (7.5 credits)
Semester 2
  • Political science: The politics of pluralism (7.5 credits)
  • Political science: Research design and method (7.5 credits)
  • Political science: Essay (15 credits)

Content

Courses

For programme with start Autumn 2017:
Autumn 2017 - Semester 1
Spring 2018 - Semester 2

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
Following successful completion of the course students should be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the developing tendencies identified in the programme that relate to its overarching themes, including a qualified overview of current research on globalization and of how different processes on the global level relate to and affect societal changes on the local level
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of methodological approaches in the field of global studies and of their consequences for research outcomes.
Competence and skills
  • Following successful completion of the course students should be able to:
  • analyze complex phenomena and issues on the basis of different types of material.
  • autonomously identify gaps in knowledge, formulate issues and design research based on relevant theories and methods.
  • communicate research outcomes in speech and writing in a professional way to different audiences and recipients.
  • demonstrate the ability to participate in research dialogue and project work.
Judgement and approach
Following successful completion of the course students should be able to:
  • identify and reflect on ethical aspects on research.
  • evaluate research results on the basis of the parameters of reliability and generalizability for the purpose of estimating the limitations of research.
  • identify their personal needs for further knowledge and learning

Degree

Master's Degree (60 credits).

Degree of Master of Arts (60 credits) with a major in Political Science

Other Information

The language of teaching is English.
Each individual syllabus contains the entry requirements for advancing in the programme.

Contact

The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the department Department of Global Political Studies.

Further information

Anna-Karin Holm, Student Services Assistant
Phone: 040-66 57317
Michael Strange, Programme Coordinator
Phone: 040-66 57216

Application

28 August 2017 Day-time 100% Malmö

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 80000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 80000 SEK

28 August 2017 Day-time 100% Malmö

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 80000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 80000 SEK

29 August 2016 Day-time 100% Malmö Schedule

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 80000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 80000 SEK

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