|Political Science 3, 30 ECTS Credits|
|AIM OF THE COURSE|
|After having passed this course, the student will have acquired a deeper critical and analytical outlook on political issues and phenomena. This is expressed by the student possessing knowledge about, understanding of, and ability to apply qualitiative as well as quantitative methods of political science. The student can make arguments for different methodological options in vis-à-vis different scientific problems and materials, and knows how to reflect over and evaluate scientific texts which are based both on quantitative and qualtitative methods. In addition, the student will have acquired deeper knowledge of theoretical perspectives and empirical conditions with reference to one of the course’s optional topics. The student is capable of planning, conducting, and presenting a scientific inquiry of politics with a relevant application of theory.
|Methods of political science, 7,5 ECTS Credits
This course expands earlier acquired knowledge of methods in political science. Particular attention is paid to introduce and apply quantitative methods, but the course also addresses qualitative methods, such as textual and discourse analysis, and interviews. Illustrating examples and exercises plays an import role in the learning process.
Optional course, 7,5 ECTS Credits
This course offers a choice of topical issues in political science research. The stock of optional topics reflects current staff competence and research interests, and is changes continuously. A list of available course alternatives can be obtained at the department.
Thesis, 15 ECTS Credits
This course entails planning, conducting and defending a scientific inquiry, and opposing another student’s work. The thesis may be authored by one student or in collaboration between two students.
|The course offers lectures which introduce and develop the content of the course. Lectures are complementary to the literature. Seminars are an important aspect of the learning process and provide opportunities for mutual, critical discussions which develop attitudes and skills. Students are expected to be well prepared for lectures and to have completed assigned preparations for seminars. Students are expected to read and take in the literature independently and/or in self-organized reading groups. In regard to the thesis part of the course, teaching primarily takes the form of tutorials, involving one student or a small group, and seminars, in particular the concluding examination seminar. As for seminars, student’s are expected to be well prepared for tutorials and (if a group is involved) to be ready to in dialogue deliver constructive criticism on other student’s work.|
|Methods of political science is examined all through this part of the course by means of written assignments and active participation in seminars. Optional course is examined through a written, individual home examination, and active participation in seminars. An examinator may, depending on the number of students or in consideration of the character of the subject matter of the course, provide for individual, oral examination. Thesis is examined through presentation and defence of a thesis, and by opposing another student’s work in an examination 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.
Political Science 1 completed; Political Science 2, with at least 22,5 ECTS Credits passed (equivalent).
|The course is graded according to the ECTS grading scale A-F|
|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.