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Public law in Sweden and selected countries


Comparative Public Law

30 credits

This course is ideal if you want to improve your knowledge of a range of legal systems and are interested in other legal cultures. You will gain a deeper understanding of Swedish public law, partly through comparisons with other countries’ constitutions, as well as better understanding of the administrative law of selected countries.

This course is only open for exchange students.

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Work with legal issues around the world After studying Public Law, you have the necessary knowledge and expertise for a profession associated with state or municipal administration. There are wide-ranging job opportunities once you have studied Public Law. For example, you can work in the private or public sectors, internationally or within Europe, and you have legal knowledge that covers Europe. You have knowledge of the legal basis for the exercise of power conducted by public authorities, as well as of the requirements that European law places on the Swedish legal system. After your studies you are prepared for a range of professions. You could, for example, work as an officer for state or municipal authorities, or as a legal practitioner at businesses that have many contacts with public authorities, such as insurance companies or consultancies. What are former students doing now? Former students of Public Law now work in a wide range of professions. Many are employed in public administration or in parts of the private sector that have extensive contacts with authorities. Others work with EU projects in Sweden and also abroad, for example with Brexit in the UK. Your future job could be as an official at Work Environment Authority or the Migration Board or similar, or at an organisation or business as a coordinator, investigator or project manager. Read about research in this subject
Beneficial knowledge for a legal career Comparative public law has two modules: one covers theory and method, and the other is an essay module. In the first module, you will learn about selected countries’ constitutions and administrative procedures. You will also study theories and methods that focus on comparisons between the legal institutions of various countries. In the second module, you will produce an independent scholarly essay that covers a subject in public law from the perspective of comparative law. The course has four to eight hours of teacher-led instruction each week, where the most common forms are lectures, seminars and supervision. There will also be study visits and guest lectures. On the first module, your performance will be assessed through a written exam, active participation in the seminars, presentations and hand-in assignments. On the essay module, assessment is not only through your essay writing, but also your review of another student’s essay and active participation in the seminars. You will study the course with about ten other students.
Study Swedish regulations from an international perspective Law at Södertörn University has two main fields of study: Commercial and Business Law and Public Law. Courses belong to the main field of study called Public Law. If you want to work on legal issues related to the EU or human rights, then Public Law is right for you. Europeanisation and internationalisation are in focus. All course have an emphasis on the influence of European law on Swedish legislation and entrepreneurship. This gives you expertise in European and EU law. The international perspective means that you gain a broad understanding of legal systems around the world. After studying you have the skills and knowledge to work at national and European levels. Public Law covers the legal regulation of the relationship between the state and the individual. You learn the rights and obligations you have as an individual and those of businesses. You will learn about the legal basis for the exercise of power conducted by public authorities, not least about the requirements that European law places on the Swedish legal system Public law is strongly linked to various societal issues. You gain knowledge that means you can work with issues relating to human rights, among other things, after your studies. You develop wide-ranging knowledge of the Swedish legal system and can apply your skills in an area that you are passionate about.