General entry requirements plus either:
- field-specific eligibility A5 (Mathematics 2a or 2b or 2c, Civics 1b or 1a1 + 1a2) or
- field-specific eligibility 5 (upper secondary school level Mathematics B and Civics A)
Students specialising in Economics (including Statistics) have to fulfil the entry requirements (Mathematics 3b or 3c or Mathematics C) before the start of Semester 3.
Optional programme courses may have different entry requirements.
EducationJurisprudence in the political science programme deals with: - human rights in Sweden - rules and procedures in international relations - ways of influencing municipalities and public administrations - labour law - social care regulations - the duties and obligations of the police. Studies in jurisprudence develop the skills required to influence and change society. Society is built on laws and regulations and these are the subject of study. You will learn a juridicial method which you can use when writing a degree project and when applying the rules of law in all sectors of society.
ElectivesIn the course of the programme there is one elective term. You may choose a new subject or continue in a subject you have started on. Many take the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner universities. There is also the possibility to earn credits by doing qualified internship in Sweden or abroad.
If this is your choosen major, you will embark on its study in the second term. The basic term develops your knowledge of economic theory and your ability to apply theory to current issues. Three main areas are studied: - micro-economics - how are economic decisons made by people and in companies? - macro-economics - how are our lives influenced by the decisions made by politicians, the Riksbank and/or "the market"? - financial economics - the finacial markets (shares, bonds, options, etc). How do companies, public agencies and individuals use these markets to achieve their goals and are those goals of benefit to society? At more advanced level you will get more specialised knowledge and there is a greater emphasis on independent analysis and scientific method. You may specialise further by choosing elective courses.
This is a broad three-year programme in the social sciences. There are three mandatory subjects: political science, economics, and law. Depending on your interests you will take political science or economics for three terms. The subject you choose will be your degree major and include a thesis of 15 ECTS credits.
Political science involves the study of politics and social issues. In the first term (1-30 ECTS credits) there is a focus on Sweden but in a comparative, European and international perspective. Among other things you will study: - the history of political ideologies - political social forces (parties, mass media, etc) - women and men in politics - political institutions (government, parliament, civil services) - foreign political systems, including the EU and European integration - international politics and cooperation. You will then deepen your knowledge through an emphasis on scientific method, argumentation, and independent analysis. After the first term you may specialise by choosing elective courses.
Form of InstructionThis is a full-time study programme. The number of scheduled classes varies between 8-10 hours a week, distributed over 2-3 meetings. Students are expected to participate actively in class and study extensively on their own.
ExaminationThere are no set examination periods, and generally no final exam at the end of a semester, an academic year, or a complete study programme. Examination usually takes place at the end of each course, module, or unit. The forms of examination vary. Both oral and written exams.
Study AbroadKarlstad University has exchange programmes with universities in many countries in Europe.
Course of study
|Semester 1||ECTS credits|
|Political Science (Obligatory)||30|
|Semester 2||ECTS credits|
|Economics for Political Science Majors (Obligatory)||30|
|Semester 3||ECTS credits|
|Civil Law I (Obligatory)||15|
|Civil Law II (Elective)||15|
|Semester 4||ECTS credits|
|Economics - continuation course (Elective)||30|
|Political Science II (Elective)||30|
|Semester 5||ECTS credits|
|Optional course (End semester: 5)||30|
|Public Decision Making in Practice (Elective)||15|
|Political Science: Practical Training (Elective)||15|
|Political Science: Practical Training (Optional)||30|
|Semester 6||ECTS credits|
|Economic Growth (Elective)||7.5|
|Economics - Bachelor's Thesis (Elective)||15|
|Portfolio Analysis (Elective)||7.5|
|Political Science III (Elective)||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.
Employment MarketThe broad base of the programme makes you qualified for a wide range of jobs in municipal and public services as well as in organisations and industry. Graduates might also find employment abroad in foreign office administrations and services, in the EU or in trade organisations. Qualified research, or evaluation and analysis projects are examples of job tasks as are human resource work. If you choose to specialise in economics or law your future work can be in banking or financial corporations.
DegreeA degree of Bachelor of Political Science will be awarded on completion of the programme, and you may continue towards a master's degree in Political Science. For examination and assessment regulations, see under the heading "Learning outcomes" in the programme study plan.
Further StudiesOn completion of the programme you may continue studying for one or two years at the Master's level. A Master's degree makes you eligible for doctoral studies in Political Science.
- Start Autumn 2019
- Mode of study Campus (Karlstad)
- Language Swedish
- Application code KAU-69745
- Study pace 100% (Day)