European Studies – Politics, Societies and Cultures, Bachelor's Programme

Programme - first cycle - 180/180 credits

Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2016

Programme Code:
HGPSK revision 1
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

Entry requirements

General entry requirements + Civics 1b / 1a1 +1a2. Or: Civics A, English B.


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 2016:
Autumn 2016 - Semester 1
Spring 2017 - Semester 2
Autumn 2017 - Semester 3
Spring 2018 - Semester 4
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Autumn 2018 - Semester 5
Spring 2019 - Semester 6

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding
A graduate of the Bachelor’s Programme in European Studies:

  • 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;

Applying knowledge and understanding
A graduate of the Bachelor’s Programme in International European Studies:
  • 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;

Making judgments and communicating perspectives
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's degree.

Bachelor of Arts in European Studies