English translation of course syllabus

Translation of the Swedish course syllabus

Comparative Governance, 7.5 credits

(Jämförande governance, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

Course code 1126ST
Subject area Political Science
Main field of study Political Science
Progressive specialisation A1N (Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements)
Academic school School of Social Sciences
Disciplary domain Social sciences 100%
Grading scale AF
Education cycle Second-cycle (Master)
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

Bachelor's degree including 90 credits in Social Sciences as the main field of study, and English B or equivalent

Learning outcomes

On completing the course, the student can:

  • describe, explain and independently problematise the concept of comparative governance
  • describe, explain and independently problematise central theories and perspectives in the study of comparative governance
  • apply theories and arguments about comparative governance to empirical cases.

Course content, modules and examinations

The course analyses political processes in democratic as well as non-democratic political systems. A multitude of actors - voters, political parties and civil society organisations - operate in multi-level political systems. The aim of the course is to investigate how institutions - formal and informal, such as state structures and electoral systems - are related to transformations in political participation and representation, decision-making and political accountability. The course has a particular focus on changes in political systems, as regards voter de- and re-alignments, political cleavage structures, party democracy and government formation. A prime concern is “illiberal democracy” across the globe. Comparatively, we explore democratic development and discuss the alleged decline of democracy in various countries.

1001, Comparative Governance, 7.5 credits

(Jämförande governance, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

Grades permitted: AF

Course design

The course is taught through a combination of lectures and seminars.

Examination format

The course is assessed by active seminar participation, including written assignments, and a paper on a chosen topic.

Absence from at most two seminars can be compensated for by the completion of written exercises.

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.