English translation of course syllabus

Translation of the Swedish course syllabus

Comparative Socio-Economic Systems, 7.5 credits

(Jämförande socioekonomiska system, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

Course code 1123NE
Subject area Economics
Main field of study Economics
Academic school School of Social Sciences
Disciplary domain Social sciences 100%
Grading scale AF
Education cycle Second-cycle (Master)
Progressive specialisation A1N (Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements)
Language of instruction English
Valid from Autumn semester 2020


This course syllabus was validated by the Faculty Board for the Faculty Board for Social Sciences  at Södertörn University on 2020-01-23 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance.

Entry requirements

Degree of Bachelor of Science in Economics, and English B or the equivalent.

Learning outcomes

On completing the course, the student can:

Knowledge and understanding

  • Describe and apply theories about the socio-economic system and its impact on entrepreneurship and economic growth
  • Explain how culture and institutions function as social capital within the capital structure of the economy, and the role of interpersonal aspects
  • Describe the interdependence between cultural, political and economic institutions, and between cognition and institutions
  • Explain the interaction between the functioning of the economy and the surrounding community, and the connections between institutional conditions and economic progress, using socio-economic theory

Skills and abilities

  • Apply economic theory about the socio-economic system and its impact on entrepreneurship and economic growth using comparative institutional analysis, and qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Relate socio-economic theory and systems perspective to economic, social, and environmental sustainability

Judgment and approach

  • Approach statements based on theory in a critical and analytical manner
  • Appraise and relate to the way that theoretical perspectives and method selection have an impact on the scientific study of socio-economic systems and their consequences for economic, social, and environmental sustainability.

Course content, modules and examinations

An economy’s capital structure creates a link between entrepreneurship on the micro level and economic growth on the macro level. Concepts that are the basis of civilization, such as language, norms, rules and money are studied as social capital using capital theory, in which interpersonal relationships are considered. Cultural factors and cognitive aspects are introduced into economic analysis. Theoretical analysis is applied through the consideration of how different socio-economic systems contribute to economic, social, and ecological sustainability.

1001, Comparative Socio-Economic Systems, 7.5 credits

(Jämförande socioekonomiska system, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

Grades permitted: AF

Course design

The course consists of seminars that are based on introductory lectures.

Examination format

Examination is through written take-home examination, hand-in assignments and active participation in seminars.

Hand-in assignments may be used to compensate for absence from a maximum of two seminars.

The grading criteria are distributed prior to the start of a course or module

If a student has a certificate from Södertörn University for compensatory support, the examiner has the right to decide on an adapted examination or alternative form of examination in accordance with Södertörn University's regulations.

Restrictions on accreditation

The course may not be accredited as part of a degree if the contents are partly or wholly the same as a course previously taken in Sweden or elsewhere.