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Master's Programme of European Studies, Humanities Track

Europe as a political project is confronting some of its most decisive challenges. From a common climate agenda, to Brexit, to a wavering euro and growing national and xenophobic movements in Europe, development is questioning the form and reach of the European common. At this programme we study these questions and challenges from an arts and humanities perspective.

The aim of the programme

We discuss Europe as a political project, with a historic - as well as contemporary critical gaze. The aim is to provide students with the critical tools and key scientific debates for understanding Europe as an idea, its cultural heritage and organization of power. The program-track is a collaboration between the Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Social Science, and teachers from such discipline as history, history of ideas, political science, history of economy, sociology and theory of science are engaged in teaching. 

A multi-disciplinary milieu

As a student you will be part of a multi-disciplinary milieu, characteristic of Centre for European Studies (CES), and with a close collaboration with the Centre for European Research at Gothenburg University (CERGU). The study-milieu composed by CES and CERGU offers you a unique possibility of combining historic and theoretical knowledge with contemporary social and political perspectives on today’s challenges.

The program is taught in English, and gathers students from all over the world. HMAES educates for a future career as a political and social analysists, as investigator within the cultural sector and for jobs within the European administration. For more information, watch the movie about our alumni: YouTube film

Welcome to a multifaceted and demanding study-milieu, that offers you much more than academic quality!

The programme offers

• INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION: with reknowned partners such as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the United States, Fudan University in Shanghai, Charles University in Prague, Sciences Po in Paris, and Konstanz University in Germany

• INTERNSHIP: Paves the way to exciting job opportunities, through internships and collaborations with working life

• RELEVANT JOB-MARKETS: Provides direct access to a relevant job-market through our Business Council REGU

• EUROPEAN LEADERSHIP: Access to the European leaders enrolled in our Executive Master of European Studies

• STUDENT ACTIVITITES: Add to your studies, socially as well as intellectually, by participating in the exciting extracurricular activities such as within the student-led lunch-lecture organization Brännpunkt Europa

• METHODS TRAINING: A highly developed methods-training and the choice of four different method’s specializations

Courses first semester

EU2112 European heritage and identity (10 credits)
Departing from current processes of integration and disintegration in Europe and the notion of the European today, we will pursue the following questions: How old is the notion of “the European”? What is European heritage? Who identifies and what is identified as European today? What are the defining moments of contemporary European identity? These questions will be pursued through a long historical perspective, where the first formulations of European as an identity, and myths on the European are scrutinized. We continue over the rise of nationalisms and into the present-day situation of carefully concerted building of narratives and an institutionalized European political landscape. Our object of study is the complex interplay between memories, heritage, history and identity and their multiple representations in symbols, monuments and unifying as well as conflicting perceptions of their meaning. We will address both historical cases of memory politics and the active building of symbols and narratives of the European union, as well as the rise of Euroscepticism as a counter narrative. Seemingly “soft” issues of heritage and identity are closely linked to “hard” issues of politics and economics. Our understanding of Europe today depends on knowledge of its past. An important way to achieve this is by relating various notions of what it means to be “European” to other, both complementary and competing identities. These can be identities on smaller and larger scales than Europe, such as local, regional, national and global, or of different types such as identification along religious, political, social or cultural lines.

Syllabus EU2112

EU2114 European Borderlands (10 credits)

Throughout history, people have erected borders against the outside, the unfamiliar, and “the other.” Lines of separation have appeared in different forms and for different reasons. Borders have sometimes been the result of conscious choices, other times of unintended developments and contingencies. Walls and fences, maps, legislative acts, new technologies and discoveries, ideological constructions, scientific (and pseudo-scientific) categorizations, cultural expressions, and social customs have all served to organize territory and shape perceptions of community and identity. But borders, whether spatial or mental, physical or cultural, have neither been static nor impermeable. For centuries, new lines of divisions, new perceptions of “us” and “them,” and new mechanisms for exclusion and inclusion have emerged, moved, and dissolved while in the process defining and shaping the European experience. Within and between dominant political, economic, and cultural regimes, there have always been spaces of considerable fluidity and exchange. Spanning from the earliest encounters with the peoples and societies of the New World to the rise of the European nation-states, this course builds on the multidisciplinary and rapidly growing field of borderland studies to examine the historical underpinnings of the great challenges facing Europe today.

Syllabus EU2114

EU2123 Political and Public Spheres and Spaces in European History and Culture (10 credits)
Squares, palaces, cafés, and social media – spheres of power, protest, and deliberation. The Political and Public Spheres and Spaces in European History and Culture course problematizes the emergence and political significance of the public sphere and its relation to the private and secret spheres in European past and present. By tracing the forms of ‘public sphere’ from its Greek & Roman origins, through medieval and early modern palaces and ceremonies, into such modern phenomena as mass protests, state censorship, inclusive/exclusory planning of urban space, scientific debate, and digital piracy the course offers a comprehensive view on politics as a sphere of contention and opinion formation. The course delivers a carefully chosen array of perspectives of different humanist disciplines with teachers recruited from a broad range of subjects.

Syllabus EU2123

Courses second semester

EU2420 or EU2430 (15 or 30 credits) – Internship
The internship can be conducted at a private or public organization in Sweden or abroad. The organization shall provide assignments that are of value to the trainee’s educational goals and future career plans. The assignments should be arranged so that the intern has a a possibility to conduct a large, coherent task. Students are responsible for identifying, contacting, and making arrangements with the organizations. Internships require final approval by the course-coordinator in order to qualify for higher education credits.

Syllabus EU2420

Syllabus EU2430


Courses third semester

EU2131 - Central- and Eastern Europe – fully European or the European ’other’? (15 hec), elective course
This interdisciplinary course highlights the historical, cultural, political and socio-economic perspectives on why an implicit opposition within Europe still persists. What is Central and East Europe? How were the concepts of Central and Eastern Europe constructed? What demarcations do they imply today? How is the opposition between Europe, and Central and East Europe used for “othering” of states further “East.” The course gives students the knowledge and skills on geopolitical characteristics of the region, historical roots of the current developments in politics, economy and society; the main elements of the post -communist transition and impact of the European integration process, that creates new political, economic and social cleavages in Central and Eastern Europe of today. Students will acquire knowledge and critical understanding of key theories, principles, concepts and empirical research drawn from the Inter - disciplinary field of Central and Eastern European studies and develop an ability to define and critically reflect upon, orally and in written form, new research problems in this area of studies.

Syllabus EU2131

EU2210 - European Environment and Energy (15 credits), semi-elective course

The course addresses and problematizes the EU's environmental and energy policy. First, the EU's legal foundation, the policy process, and the commitment to economic growth and integration of markets are analyzed from an environmental perspective.This foundation and commitment constitutes a tension with environmental considerations which is captured in the concept of sustainable development and the EU's commitment to this concept. One aim is to provide a thorough understanding of the vagueness of sustainable development and in what ways the concept is used by/in the EU. This provides the baseline for thematic elaborations on different environmental and energy problems and future challenges for the EU. These thematic elaborations will also include analyses of the relation between the EU and member states, the EU as an international actor, the role of NGO's and other lobby groups.

Syllabus EU2210
EU2215 - Europe in the World (15 credits), semi-elective course
This course provides for an inter-disciplinary understanding of Europe’s role in the world and draws on a range of approaches in the Social Sciences and the Humanities. It examines the political, economic, social and security relations of Europe with the rest of the world from historical and contemporary perspectives. The study of “Europe” is understood in a broad sense to encompass various international organizations, state actors and civil societies. The course assesses the international significance of European integration, the impact of global developments on Europe, and the changing role of Europe in the new world order.

Syllabus EU2215

EU2220 - Social Europe (15 credits), semi-elective course

The course Social Europe seeks to consider the past, present, and future of Social Europe. The Course will focus on inter-disciplinary aspects of the European citizenship, i.e. rights and obligations, work, family, gender, identity, immigration and the future of European welfare states. The students will get in-depth knowledge of the diversity of European social policies, of their political background and of current welfare reforms. The course addresses and problematizes European social policy and law. This provides the baseline for thematic elaborations on different social problems and future challenges for the EU, including analyses of the relation between the EU, the Council of Europe and the member states.

Syllabus EU2220

SF2321 Applied Statistical Analysis, (15 credits)
This course aims towards students looking for a comprehensive understanding of the application of statistical methods both within the social sciences and for public and commercial analyses and reports. The course consists of two major parts.

In the first part, the teaching is arranged in workshops. Each workshop is concentrated around one statistical technique and consists of lectures, teacher led computer labs sessions, tutorials and one hand-in assignment. During these workshops, multivariate statistical techniques such as factor analysis, analysis of variance and linear and categorical regression analysis are introduced.

The second part of the course is focused on an independent report in which learned skills are put into practices and statistical methods are applied on a self-chosen research problem and data material.

Syllabus SF2321

SF2322 Applied Qualitative Research Methods, (15 credits)

Initially, theoretical starting points, ethical issues, and the applicability of qualitative methods are presented and discussed. Issues of problem formulation and research design are presented and discussed in general terms as well as with reference to the course specializations of case study analysis, discourse analysis and ethnographic methods.

The second module deals with various empirical materials and problems of sampling, with particular emphasis on methods for collecting and processing data as texts, interviews and observations.

The third part focuses on processing and analysis. Starting from a discussion of general problems connected with various phases of qualitative analysis, the discussions and training elements focus on the characteristics of the three specializations: case study analysis, discourse analysis and ethnographic methods.

The final module deals with problems related to validation and evaluation of research processes and research conclusions. Particular emphasis is placed on issues of quality criteria for qualitative methods as well as historical and contemporary views concerning levels of generalization and matters of intersubjectivity. This module also includes the preparation of a final course paper, where the assignment is to write a methods section equivalent to that used in a finished master thesis.

Syllabus SF2322

SF2323 Applied Qualitative Research Methods, problems and design, (15 credits)

The course presents and offers practical training in qualitative research methods, including data-collection, design, formulation of research problems, and methods for analysis of material. The course gives an initial overview over available research-methods, their connection to theory, as well as research ethics. The course focuses in-depth several different methodological approaches, relevant for qualitative research in the social sciences and humanities, with an emphasis on text-based analytical methods. The course develops methodological skills through case-based practices in seminars. In one part of the course, methods and design-problems are introduced and practiced in lectures and seminars. In a second part of the course, students apply knowledge of research design and methods on their own research interests, and produce a research proposal as final product.

Syllabus SF2323

SF2324 Introduction to Applied Research Design and Quantitative Research Methods for Social Scientists, (15 credits)
The course offers theoretical explanation and practical training in quantitative methodology relevant to the fields of study. The course begins with an overview of issues of general relevance to research design in the social sciences, covering issues of epistemology, theory, research ethics, and an overview of the quantitative methods that are the researchers’ disposal. The second part of the course, focuses on the learning and application of quantitative methods and the software required to complete various tasks and analyses. The course consists of both lectures, seminars and instructor led hands on training in the use of quantitative research methods. To the extent possible, course assignments employ data relevant to all fields of study in order to familiarize students with the content, the potential and limitations of existing data.

Syllabus SF2324


Courses fourth semester

EU2500 - Master’s Thesis in European Studies (30 credits), compulsory course
Each student will formulate, plan and complete a Master's thesis in a given span of time. Writing the Master's thesis will develop students' ability to plan and manage large projects, and collect and analyze social science data to answer an original research question of relevance to European studies. Each student will be assigned a supervisor for the thesis work. Students will present and defend the thesis at a final seminar, as well as act as a discussant on another student’s thesis. In order to facilitate the aims and learning outcomes of the course, the course is organized around a series of working seminars, where students are expected to contribute both with their ideas and work with their own thesis, as well as with their comments on other students work. The preparation and planning of the Master's thesis start during the fall semester.

Syllabus EU2500


November 1-January 15


Contact us

Director of studies
Urban Strandberg

Student counsellor
Sara Birgerson

Study administrator
Mimmie Håkansson

Internship co-ordinator
Karin Andersson

International Coordinator
Angelica Thell

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