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Entry requirements: Bachelor's degree including 90 credits in Political Science as the main field of study, and 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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Approaches to Political Science

Course 15 credits

The aim of this course is to provide in-depth knowledge of the theories relating to specific analytical approaches that play a prominent part in Political Science research at Södertörn University. The course is closely connected to ongoing research at the department. The focus is on two themes: comparative politics and international relations. Examples of areas that are analysed are: democracy and democratisation, political economy, organisation and leadership, international relations and European integration.

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

Course design

The course is based on lectures and mandatory seminars.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student is able to:

  • recount classic and alternative analytical approaches in political science;
  • recount and problematise classic analytical approaches in the fields of comparative politics and international relations;
  • recount critical and alternative analytical approaches in the fields of comparative politics and international relations;
  • analyse, independently and critically, strengths and weaknesses in basic theories of comparative and international politics;
  • formulate, critically, independently and creatively, research problems in political science, and plan and implement research within specific time frames;
  • evaluate and reflect over the scope and limitations of various analytical approaches in political science.


Seminar participation and a written take-home exam.

Occasional absence from a seminar can be compensated for by a written exercise, as advised by the examiner.

Grading criteria will be distributed at course/module start.

Syllabus valid from autumn semester 2017

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