Master Programme in Social Science: Focus Political Science
General admission requirements for studies at Master's level.
Specific requirements: Upper secondary level Swedish 3 or B and English 6 or A, or equivalent.
For the chosen major:
- History: Bachelor's degree of 180 ECTS credits with a major in history, cultural studies, history of ideas, religion, ethnology, anthropology, or equivalent.
- Human Geography: Bachelor's degree of 180 ECTS credits with a major in human geography/tourism studies with an emphasis on human geography, or equivalent.
- Social Work: General or professional Bachelor's degree of 180 ECTS credits, including a degree project of 15 ECTS cr. with a major in social care or social work, or equivalent.
- Sociology: Bachelor's degree of 180 ECTS credits with a major in sociology or social psychology, or equivalent.
- Political Science: Bachelor's degree of 180 ECTS credits with a major in political science, or equivalent.
EducationThe programme involves studies at Master's level in one of the subjects history, human geography, social work, sociology or political science. The programme also includes elective courses, offering opportunities for specialised or broadened knowledge in a multidisciplinary perspective. It offers in-depth subject knowledge with a broadening perspective and preparation for professional life as well as further studies. Students indicate their choice of major on their application.
Studies in political science involve courses related to current research in the discipline at Karlstad University which is based on major world changes in terms of regionalism, globalisation and network organisation. Regionalisation means that there will be a growing demandat all levels for experts on issues of local and regional growth, development and administration. Globalisation means that thelocal and regional expertise must include knowledge of both course of events and institutions. Network organisation requires local and regional expertise in governance. At the same time, world changes create a need for knowledge of central political science theories and methods. The relevant theories have been formed to explain and understand radical social change and together with methodology and methodological awareness, they serve as important tools for the local or regional expert.
Form of InstructionThe forms of instruction vary but ususally include lectures, groupwork, seminars and distance study.
ExaminationExamination and assessment formats are specified in each syllabus.
Study AbroadStudents can have the opportunity to study courses abroad.
Professional ContactStudents choose the extent of their professional contacts through elective courses.
Course of study
|Semester 3||ECTS credits|
|Philosophy of Science (Optional)||7.5|
|Optional course (Optional)||7.5|
|Gender and politics - theory and methodology (Optional)||7.5|
|Optional course (Optional)||7.5|
|Semester 4||ECTS credits|
|Master Thesis in Political Science (Obligatory)||30|
|Independent Research and Investigatory Work II (Optional)||15|
|Optional course (Optional)||15|
*Full-time study always equals 30 ECTS credits per semester (20 weeks).
Elective course: Students are free to choose among certain alternative courses, often depending on their choice of specialisation.
Optional course: Students are free to choose any course offered at Karlstad University or at other universities. Courses listed are examples of recommended or frequently chosen courses for a specific programme.