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

Programme - second cycle - 60 credits

Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2017

Programme Code:
SAPSM revision 3
Swedish name:
Statsvetenskap: Global politik och samhällsomvandling, magisterprogram
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


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.
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)



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


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.