Welcome to Political Science at Karlstad University! We form part of the Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies. The subject Political Science comprises around twenty researchers and lecturers.
Political Science highlights political organisation and political processes at local, regional and global levels as well as specialised knowledge of political scientific concepts and theoretical traditions. Our courses focus on concepts and issues that are current in international politics, public politics and administration, political theory, policy analysis as well as on the relation between gender and politics. The possibilities and limitations of Political Science are also emphasised, as well as its role in politics and society. Courses in Political Science aim to develop the ability to understand and analyse politics and political organisation. Master-level courses aim to give students specialised knowledge of the intellectual traditions, theories, concepts, methods and methodologies of the subject in order to understand, shed light on and analyse power and politics.
We offer a bachelor programme in Political Sciences and subject courses in Political Science, European Studies, and Healthcare Administration. Political Science is also included in the Spatial and Social Planning programme, the Jurisprudence programme, the teacher training programmes as well as the master programme in Region Building. Political Science hosts the master programme in Social Science with specialisation in Political Science (SAMAS), the master programme in Region Building (SAREG) as well as the Master of Public Administration programme (MPA).
Students enrolled in the Spatial and Social Planning Programme can complete a bachelor degree with a major in Political Science. Such degree projects focus on political science approaches to region planning.
One- and two-year master degrees can also be obtained with a major in Political Science. There are two pathways to such degrees: a) completing a master-level study programme, or b) completing subject courses of at least 60 ECTS credits (for the one-year master) or 120 ECTS credits (for the two-year master). Karlstad University further requires a 15-credit methods course to be included in the degree. In addition, students either complete courses of their own choice on a range of topics or further specialisation courses in Political Science to obtain the additional 30 or 60 credits required to be awarded a one- or two-year master degree.
The master-level programmes on offer include SAMAS, a specialisation programme in Political Science, and SAREG, a broad, multidisciplinary programme. Students who choose to combine stand-alone subject courses for a one- or two-year master degree are offered a selection of six 7.5 credit-courses, a methods course (15 credits) as well as thesis courses of 15 and 30 credits, for the one- or two-year master degrees, respectively.
For more information on our bachelor and master courses, please follow the menu links at the top of the page. For more information about doctoral studies, follow the research link in the menu to the right. Find out more about our research and researchers by following the links in the menu to the right or the menu links at the top of the page.
Apart from research and education, we value collaboration with the community. For this reason, political scientists often appear in the media as commentators and experts. Information about the different forms of collaboration that we engage in can be found via the menu to the right.