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Introduction to Political Science in Gothenburg

Political Science is one of the oldest and most distinguished social science disciplines. The thinkers of ancient Greece, such as Plato and Aristotle, wrote books about the state and politics. In Sweden, the world’s oldest chair in political science was created in 1622. The history of our department is more recent – our first chair was established in 1901.

Contemporary political science proudly carries on this heritage, while simultaneously placing value on being a lively contemporary social science that is central to debate and research on society and politics. The Department of Political Science at The University of Gothenburg consists of around 140 staff members. Our undergraduate program contains around one thousand four hundred students each year.

We offer courses from the undergraduate to the Master’s and Ph.D. levels in political science. At the undergraduate level, we also offer courses in international politics, public administration and social studies. The courses may be taken separately or be part of a program of study (a major). We offer the opportunity to study abroad as part of the degree. The department collaborates with a number of foreign universities within the framework of various exchange programs (e.g. ERASMUS and Nordplus).

In the area of research, the department has an established profile in the area of electoral behaviour and electoral studies. Regular surveys have been carried out with the electorate since the 1950s. Other areas of focus include public administration and public policy, international politics, Swedish foreign policy and the study of ideas.

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