|Political Science 2, continuation course , 30 ECTS Credits|
|AIM OF THE COURSE|
|On completion of the course, the student should be able to
- demonstrate a critical and analytical approach to political questions and phenomena,
- demonstrate knowledge of political theory, particularly democracy theory, and demonstrate an ability to contrast and critically evaluate different ideas of democracy,
- account for central methods of modern political science,
- demonstrate an understanding of the different stages of the scientific knowledge process and its associated requirements,
- plan, carry out and present an independent political science study,
- demonstrate an advanced knowledge of theoretical analysis perspectives, normative approaches and empirical relations in one of the elective subject areas of the course,
- reflect on and critically relate to current scientific literature and understand both its practical relevance and its interdisciplinary importance,
- argue for and against and compare, apply and contrast different theories and analysis approaches,
- take a critical approach to arguments and interpretation, from both epistemological, ethical and democratic perspectives.
|Political Theory, 7.5 HE credits
This module comprises an advanced study of previously acquired knowledge of political theory through focusing on the issues of democracy, based on both older and newer theories of democracy. This theme is also used to further reflect on the conditions of political science-related knowledge and knowledge production.
Methods of Political Science, 7.5 HE credits
This module comprises an orientation in political science-related specialisations and methods of analysis and constitutes a preparation for the degree project. The latter means that specific focus is placed on issues concerning research design, such as problem posing, choice of method and material, source-critical considerations, acrebi and the role as a scientific reviewer and critic.
Comparative Policy and Administration, 7.5 HE credits (elective)
This module covers different analysis perspectives on comparative policy and administration. The starting point is a process-oriented perspective on policy, power and control. Attention is also paid to explicit criticism of policy analysis, for example from a gender, class and ethnicity perspective. Strong emphasis is placed on the students' abilities to independently apply and critically relate to analyses of policy and administration.
International Policy, 7.5 HE credits (elective)
This module covers certain current and fundamentally interesting fields of international relations, based on central and current scientific literature within the subject. Strong emphasis is placed on the students' abilities and skills to independently apply and critically relate to analyses of international policy.
Thesis, 7.5 HE credits
This module requires planning, implementation and defence of a scientific work, and review of another student's work. The degree project may be written individually or by two students. The work is presented as an essay.
| On all modules except Thesis, lectures are given to introduce and develop the course contents. The lectures complement the reading list. The seminars constitute a central part of the students' learning processes and provide an opportunity to reflect and, in groups, critically discuss, in order to further the students' approach and skills. The student is expected to be well prepared for the lectures and to have completed the seminar preparations according to the instructions in the course description. The student is expected to assimilate the reading list independently and/or in self-organised reading groups. For the module Thesis, the teaching is mainly conducted through supervision, individually and in groups, and through seminars, particularly the final examination seminar. As with seminars, the student is expected to be well prepared for supervision and (at group supervision) to deliver constructive criticism on other students' work in dialogue.
Parts that involve examination are compulsory.
|The module Political Theory is examined through a written individual take-home examination and active participation in the seminars. Methods of Political Science is examined continuously through written assignments and active participation in the seminars. Comparative Policy and Administration is examined through a written individual take-home examination at the end of the course and through active participation in the seminars and a written independent analysis assignment that is presented in a paper. International Policy is examined through written individual examination at the end of the course and through participation in the seminars. The thesis is examined through presentation and defence of an essay and a review of another student's essay at a specific essay seminar.
Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course two times are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.
Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.
Completed basic course in Political Science, with at least 22.5 HE credits approved (or the equivalent).
|A grade of Pass with Credit, Pass or Fail is given for the course|
|Course certificate is issued by the Faculty Board on request. The Department provides a special form which should be submitted to the Student Affairs Division.|
|The course literature is decided upon by the department in question.|
|Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus.
The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.