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Political Science


Graphic element for the subject of Political Science How does representative democracy work, both formally and in practice? How does war break out and how is peace maintained? How is power organised and distributed in world politics? Why does nationalism thrive in a globalised world? Where is the process of European integration headed?

The above are examples of the sort of questions that Political Science addresses. If you want to work with policy advocacy, political analysis and public administration and decision-making, and if you are interested in how power is generated and maintained in society, Political Science could be the subject for you.

Political Science and International Relations are, at Södertörn, distinct subjects at undergraduate (first-cycle) level. In both teaching and research, however, the two are closely connected.

Most of our courses are taught in Swedish, but some, especially at higher levels, are taught in English.

About the subject

Political Science offers courses at undergraduate (first-cycle) level and at advanced level. As a student in political science at Södertörn University, you are trained to evaluate critically social-science literature and to analyse independently political problems and puzzles. Researchers within our subject are engaged in work on, among other topics, political parties, democracy and democratisation, migration and its consequences, leadership, policy processes, security policy and foreign policy.

Courses in Political Science can be read individually or within some of the university's various multidisciplinary programmes. Via the link to Courses in the menu above, you can read more about the content of our English-language courses, the style of our teaching, including examination, and our learning goals. We also offer one-year and two-year programmes at advanced (second-cycle) level, although these are currently being redesigned.

Teachers of of Political Science and International Relations at Södertörn are well qualified: all tenured lecturers are either associate or full professors, and all temporary staff have either a doctoral degree or will soon defend their doctoral thesis. The subjects have several doctoral candidates, who also teach.

Our previous students have, after their studies, found work in, among many other places, government ministries, public authorities, the EU, news media, local government and other public organisations. Having a background in political science is also an excellent grounding for leadership roles, especially in the public sector, but also for engagement in social movements and political parties. Our courses also prepare students for the possibility of second- and third-cycle studies.