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Political Science in English II

The course provides a wider and deeper knowledge of the subject field studied within Political Science I.

Information for admitted students Autumn 2023

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on whether you have to reply to your offer or not.


Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

    The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.

  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

    Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.


Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

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Welcome activities

Stockholm University organises a series of welcome activities that stretch over a few weeks at the beginning of each semester. The programme is voluntary (attendance is optional) and includes Arrival Service at the airport and an Orientation Day, see more details about these events below.
Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department. 

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These are political science perspectives and approaches, methods and techniques, and ability to critically examine political phenomena.

  • Course structure

    The course comprises four course modules.


    Approaches to Politics, 7.5 credits

    The course module sheds light on the role of theory in social science studies, and to provide an overview of important theoretical traditions. Furthermore the course offers insights into how theories are used and displayed in empirical studies. The course’s aim is to give insights about how theory affects choice of topic, research questions and study design as well as what kind of results that can be expected. The course module will deepen the understanding of the relation between theoretical approach and the analysis of empirical material, as well as encourage critical reflection regarding the implications of theory choice on study design.

    The Study of Democracy, 7,5 credits

    The course module aims at providing deeper knowledge and understanding of democracy, both theoretically and empirically. The aim of the course is to provide insight on how democracy can be defined, why democracy can be seen as valuable, what different models of democracy there are, and how democracy can be understood in different political contexts, such as international cooperation. The course module also provides insights on how democracy spreads, is maintained, or deteriorates in a global perspective. Special attention is paid to applying democratic theory in the study of political science.

    Elective special course I, 7.5 credits

    Information about the special course will be published two months before course starts at the latest.

    Elective special course II, 7.5 credits

    Information about the special course will be published two months before course starts at the latest.

    Description of special courses (218 Kb)

    Teaching format

    The course is based on lectures and seminars.


     All courses are examined by a take home examination.

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • Course reports

  • Meet us

    Meet our teachers

    Our teachers includes experts on a wide range of topics within the subject and are constantly keeping themselves updated within their fields of specialisation in order to be able to pass on their expertise to you as a student. Learn more

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