Political Science: Global Politics, Master’s Programme (Two-year)

Programme - second cycle - 120 credits

Overview

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:

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Peter Hallberg in green pullover"The world is changing in a perhaps faster pace than ever before. This means that knowledge about the world is also changing, and I feel that an educational programme that deals with global politics need to reflect this." - Peter Hallberg, Associate Professor and Deputy Head of Department at the Department of Global Political Studies.

Description

The masterprogram Global Politics 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.

Content

Why study political science?

We live in interesting times. Our news tells us that the human world is changing rapidly – political and economic institutions once seen as permanent appear increasingly fragile and subject to change. Yet, despite various moments of so-called ‘crisis’ in which change might be expected, we see significant levels of continuity with respect to the underlying policies and actors governing that world.  Is the US losing power? Are the so-called BRICs taking over? What is the future of democracy? Is conflict increasing? And, why does neoliberalism remain so resilient despite the financial crisis and ongoing economic instability? Only through developing expertise and forming new knowledge can we begin to understand these questions towards ensuring the world is managed optimally.

Political science at Malmö University

This two-year Master's programme draws from the one-year master’s in political science, with additional opportunities for an internship, exchange studies or elective courses. This provides you with the opportunity to deepen knowledge and gain practical experience, as well as the chance to develop relationships and network with people and organisations working with political and global issues.

The programme is thoroughly interdisciplinary and draws on the different strengths from the Department of Global Political Studies, including International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, Human Rights, Public Policy, but also ethnography and philosophy. To gain a deeper understanding of the changes in political science, we consider four key development areas:

  • Global politics: an increasing number of international and intergovernmental organisations impact world politics.
  • Government and governance: whilst new information technologies and surveillance legislation mean that the administrative powers of the state have never been stronger, the concept of ‘government’ has become increasingly surpassed by ‘governance’ at the transnational level. Few decisions affecting our lives are taken exclusively within the national context.
  • Existing modes of power are challenged: there has been a significant change in how organisations like NGOs, as well as everyday individuals, challenge existing governance and modes of power. For example, social media has radically changed the transnational political landscape to both enable new forms of protest and contestation, as well as facilitate new political identities.
  • Global concerns: issues like climate change and terrorism show that increasingly the kind of problems requiring policy solutions far exceed the confines of any nation-state. That is to say, policy problems are increasingly transnational and therefore require transnational solutions.

What career will I be prepared for?

The programme should be of interest to individuals committed to a career in which knowledge of our changing world is an evident benefit, with relevance to employers including international agencies, non-governmental organisations, transnational businesses, and local/national administrative agencies.

Interviews

An education that reflects on the changes in societyPicture of Peter Hallberg

Peter Hallberg is Associate Professor and Deputy Head of Department at the Department of Global Political Studies. He is pleased with the new master programme that in a clear way reflects on the rapid changes in the world. 

Why is it necessary to know more about global politics?
– The world is changing in a perhaps faster pace than ever before. This means that knowledge about the world is also changing, and I feel that an educational programme that deals with global politics need to reflect this. As a profoundly interdisciplinary department, we are in a very good position to offer this in, I would say, a natural way. Our focus on how global developments influence the ways in which policies are developed at the local level also seems to me highly relevant for those who plan to engage in global issues today.

Who should apply to this master’s programme?
– This programme is well suited for students with a bachelor degree in the social sciences, such as political science, human rights, peace and conflict studies. I believe that it can attract students not only interested in theoretical perspectives but who want to better understand how a changing world impacts policy choices at the local level, and who want to increase the potential for political and societal change.

In what way does it have an international touch?
– The program deals with global issues and we anticipate a very international student body. In addition, our department is itself quite international. Our teachers are either trained outside of Sweden or they have spent considerable portions of their careers abroad. We also encourage our teachers to do exchanges with partner universities around the world.

You want to emphasise cooperation, why is this so important?
– We believe in combining traditional lectures with small seminar discussions. We emphasise individual and, especially, group work since we think that a modern education in the social sciences should stress that the best results are reached by working together. And I believe that cooperation and working together is essential for higher education. I don’t like the image that higher education institutions are somehow separate from the surrounding society when universities always have played a central role in reform movements and commenting on current events in the public sphere.

– Since the start Malmö University’s vision has been that higher education should not be pursued in isolation of the social world. I’d like to think of Malmö University as a public university in the true sense of the term, and our programme reflects this commitment.

Syllabus

Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2017

Programme Code:
SASGP revision 1
Swedish name:
Statsvetenskap: Global politk
Language:
English
Date of establishment:
03 June 2016
Date of ratification:
17 October 2016
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
28 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 central focus of the programme is an interest in the various forms that politics takes at the transnational level, including its place within and effects upon particular societal contexts. The aim of the programme is to give students a basis for understanding and critically relating to four central tendencies within our contemporary world: 1) agental pluralism – that political decisions involve not just the nation-state but numerous actors at multiple levels, including Intergovernmental Organisations, interest- and issue-groups, businesses, epistemic communities, and other emergent forms of actor; 2) the transnationalisation of governance - a movement away from politics as structured in terms of top-down relations within nation-states towards more complex and networked forms of governance; 3) the transnationalisation of political contestation – that civil society and other actors seeking to change politics both work across national boundaries and see their political demands as going beyond purely national concerns; and, 4) the transnationalisation of policy problems – that there has been a shift in how policy problems are understood so that, for example, in the 1960s there was a shift from seeing environmental pollution within the confines of the nation-state towards identifying it as a transboundary phenomenon.



Contents
Semester 1
  • Visions of global politics (7.5 credits)
  • Post-Westphalian politics (7.5 credits)
  • Multilevel governance and transnational policy (7.5 credits)
  • Norms of the international community (7.5 credits)
Semester 2
  • The politics of pluralism (7.5 credits)
  • Decision Making, States and Institutions (7.5 credits)
  • Research design and method (15 credits)
Semester 3
  • Exchange studies, internship, research internship, or elective course (30 credits)
Semester 4
  • Masters thesis in political science (30 credits)

Content

Courses

For programme with start Autumn 2017:
Autumn 2017 - Semester 1
Spring 2018 - Semester 2
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Autumn 2018 - Semester 3
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Spring 2019 - Semester 4
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Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
Following successful completion of the course students should be able to:
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the main field of study, including both broad knowledge of the field and a considerable degree of specialised knowledge in certain areas of the field as well as insight into current research and development work, and
  • demonstrate specialised methodological knowledge in the main field of study.
Competence and skills
Following successful completion of the course students should be able to:
  • demonstrate the ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and analyse, assess and deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations even with limited information
  • demonstrate the ability to identify and formulate issues critically, autonomously and creatively as well as to plan and, using appropriate methods, undertake advanced tasks within predetermined time frames and so contribute to the formation of knowledge as well as the ability to evaluate this work
  • demonstrate the ability in speech and writing to clearly report and discuss his or her conclusions and the knowledge and arguments on which they are based in dialogue with different audiences, and
  • demonstrate the skills required for participation in research and development work or autonomous employment in some other qualified capacity.
Judgement and approach
Following successful completion of the course students should be able to:
  • demonstrate the ability to make assessments in the main field of study informed by relevant disciplinary, social and ethical issues and also to demonstrate awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work
  • demonstrate insight into the possibilities and limitations of research, its role in society and the responsibility of the individual for how it is used, and
  • demonstrate the ability to identify the personal need for further knowledge and take responsibility for her or his ongoing learning.

Degree

Master's Degree (120 credits).
Master's Degree (120 credits).
Degree of Master of Arts (120 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

Further information

Anna-Karin Holm, Student Services Assistant
Phone: 040-66 57317
E-mail: anna-karin.holm@mah.se

Michael Strange, Programme Coordinator
Phone: 040-66 57216
E-mail: michael.strange@mah.se


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