What's included?

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.