English translation of course syllabus

Translation of the Swedish course syllabus

Democratic Governance, advanced level, 7.5 credits

(Demokratisk governance, avancerad nivå, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

Course code 1129ST
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 2021


This course syllabus was validated by the Faculty Board for the Faculty Board for Social Sciences  at Södertörn University on 2020-08-20 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 various understandings of the concept of governance at an advanced level
  • describe, explain and independently problematise central theories and perspectives in the study of governance at advanced level
  • at an advanced level, apply theories and arguments about governance to empirical cases

Course content, modules and examinations

This course explores various forms of governance from the perspective of democracy, e.g. their implications for accountability or for citizen power and opportunities for democratic influence. The concept of governance covers a broad spectrum of processes through which political decisions are articulated, made and implemented. Many different institutions and actors are involved. Research literature talks about a shift in focus “from government to governance”, implying a trend from central and hierarchical forms of governance toward interactive societal governance that emphasises horizontal forms of governance with networks and coordination between different societal actors.

1001, Democratic Governance, advanced level, 7.5 credits

(Demokratisk governance, avancerad nivå, 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 and written assignments.

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

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.