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Entry requirements: Bachelor's degree including 90 credits in Social Sciences as the main field of study, and English 6/English B or equivalent.

Selection: On the basis of previous university credits. Between 30 and 285 credits may be taken into account.

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  • Closed... AS17 week 49-02, fulltime100%, day. Application code: SH-43166

Political and Social Institutions

Course 7.5 credits

The course provides an overview of different institutionalist theories. These theories are then applied to selected case studies. Great emphasis is put on critically examining the various theories and connecting them to empirical issues of current interest. Upon completion of the course, the student is able to present different institutionalist perspectives and theories; critically examine the assumptions and underpinnings of various institutionalisms; and apply instiutional theories on current empirical issues.

The information below comes from the syllabus and is valid from: autumn semester 2017

Course design

The course consists lectures and seminars.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student is able to

  • summarise and analyse relevant literature within the subfield of political and social institutions
  • autonomously discern and present the most important theoretical perspectives in the subfield of political and social institutions
  • critically examine the assumptions and empirical underpinnings of various theoretical perspectives
  • autonomously produce research overviews within the subfield of political and social institutions
  • apply selected institutional perspectives on current societal issues.


  • Written assignment
  • Oral presentations
  • Seminar participation

Grading criteria will be distributed at course/module start.

Syllabus valid from autumn semester 2017

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