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Analysis and understanding of democracy and governance


Political Science, Master’s Programme

120 credits

This two-year Master’s programme provides systematic, in-depth knowledge and understanding of core lines of thought and analysis in political science. It offers training in social sciences methodology and aims to give you tools so that can develop your analytical and problem-solving abilities. The programme has a particular focus on democracy and governance.

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Consultancy or analysis work in the public or private sector A Master’s degree in political science provides excellent an excellent basis for work in the private and public sectors, or in non-governmental organisations that operate between these sectors. This programme offers valuable training for careers that require the investigation, evaluation and analysis of politically relevant questions. Possible professions after graduation include political consultancy, policy analysis or lobbying, or – outside of politics – market research, business consultancy or public relations. This degree is also a good foundation if you intend to continue studying at doctoral level. Read about research in this subject
The theory and methodology of political process and practices This Master’s programme will provide you with the skills to independently apply and appraise the application of theories, methodologies, concepts, assumptions, and analytical tools in political science research vis-à-vis political practices and processes at all levels, and to do so in an informed and scholarly manner. You will learn to lucidly and concisely summarise, compile, and communicate the results of results, analyses, and investigations in the field of political science, as well as to discuss how affirmative and critical knowledge perspectives and modes of operation are used in political science. Courses on the programme are designed to help you learn to autonomously formulate research tasks and evaluate the production of knowledge in political science, especially as regards core scientific, societal, institutional, political, and ethical aspects of the scientific study of politics. They also encourage appraisal and reflection on the use and limitations of perspectives, concepts, tensions, and methods in political science research, which includes past and present research projects in political science at Södertörn university. Semester 1 Democratic theory; Governance; Comparative governance; Global governance Semester 2 Qualitative research methods; Quantitative research methods; Research design; Independent study I Semester 3 Mobility term/substantive courses; Optional courses A-C; Independent study II Semester 4 Dissertation work Course design This two-year programme has one semester, a total of 30 credits, that is composed of optional courses, and the programme concludes with the writing of a 30-credit dissertation. This provides the opportunity for considerable specialisation in a subject of your choice. Compulsory courses cover various aspects of governance and democratic theory, as well as research design and methodology.
Improve your political analysis and problem-solving skills Are you interested in questions of how democracy works and the theories behind it? Or in analysing political power and organisation? This Master’s degree focuses on these issues and others. It will enhance your ability to conduct political analysis and improve your problem-solving skills, provide training in the methodology used in the social sciences and develop your ability to autonomously apply these skills to your studies. The programmes also makes use of research performed by members of staff and links theory-driven, normative, empirical and conceptual analyses. You will study political power and organisation in both specific and wider senses, both within and between various societal and analytical levels.