Master programme Political Science
Bachelor's degree of 180 ECTS credits with a major in political science, or equivalent. Upper secondary level Swedish 3 or B and English 6 or A, or equivalent.
Course of study
|Semester 1||ECTS credits|
|Political Theory (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Democracy - theories, practices and dilemmas (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Politics and public administration (Obligatory)||7.5|
|International Security (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Semester 2||ECTS credits|
|Methodology and Research Methods in Political Science (Obligatory)||15|
|Policy analysis (Optional)||7.5|
|The New Political History (Optional)||7.5|
|Power Critical Analysis (Optional)||7.5|
|Political Science, Master (60 credits) dissertation (Optional)||15|
|Semester 3||ECTS credits|
|Philosophy of Science (Optional)||7.5|
|Sweden in the EU and EU in Sweden (Optional)||7.5|
|Feminist Perspectives on Politics (Optional)||7.5|
|Environmental Politics (Optional)||7.5|
|Practical Placement: Political Science master degree (Optional)||30|
|Semester 4||ECTS credits|
|Master Thesis in Political Science (Obligatory)||30|
*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.