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First semester, three mandatory courses

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.

This course is a compulsory core course in the first semester of the Humanities Track of the Master's Programme in European Studies.

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.

This course is a compulsory core course in the first semester of the Humanities Track of the Master's Programme in European Studies.

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.

This course is a compulsory core course in the first semester of the Humanities Track of the Master's Programme in European Studies. 

Second semester, choose between elective courses, internships and exchange studies

EU2420/ EU2430, Internship for the Master's Programme in European Studies, 15 or 30 credits

As a student on the Master's Programme in European Studies you have the possibility to do an internship for up to one semester. The internship can be conducted at a public or private organisation in Sweden or abroad. The organisation shall provide assignments that are of value for the trainee’s educational goals and future career plans.

Syllabus EU2420 Internship 30 credits

Syllabus EU2430 Internship 15 credits

Choose between three semi-elective courses on the third semester, first module:

EU2210 European Environment and Energy, 15 credits

The course addresses and problematizes the EU´s environmental and energy policy. You will analyze the EU´s legal foundation, the policy process, and the commitment to economic growth and integration of markets from an environmental perspective. 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.

This course is an elective in-depth course on the third semester of the Master's Programme in European Studies.

Syllabus EU2210 European Environment and Energy

EU2215 Europe in the world, 15 credits

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.

This course is an elective in-depth course on the third semester of the Master's Programme in European Studies.

Syllabus EU2215 Europe in the world

EU2220 Social Europe, 15 credits

The course seeks to consider the past, present, and future of Social Europe. It 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. You 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.

This course is an elective in-depth course on the third semester of the Master's Programme in European Studies.

Syllabus EU2220 Social Europe

EU2131 Central- and Eastern Europe: fully European or the European ‘Other’? 15 credits

This interdisciplinary course highlights the historical, cultural, political and socio-economic perspectives on why this implicit opposition still persists. What is Central and East Europe? How is the concept of Europe used for “othering” central and eastern parts of Europe? This course provides students with knowledge and skills on the Central and East Europe as a geopolitical region, its political, economic and social cleavages, as the development historically and in our time.

This course is an elective in-depth course on the third semester of the Master's Programme in European Studies.

Syllabus EU2131 Central- and Eastern Europe: fully European or the European ‘Other’?

Choose between four semi-elective methods courses on your third semester, second module:

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.

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.

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.

SF2324 Introduction to Applied Research Design and Quantitative Research Methods for Social Scientists

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.

Fourth semester, mandatory master thesis course

EU2500 Master's Thesis for European Studies, 30 credits

The final semester is dedicated to writing a Master's thesis. You will formulate, plan and complete a Master's thesis in a given span of time. Writing the Master's thesis will develop your' 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. You will present and defend the thesis at a final seminar, as well as act as a discussant on another students thesis.

This course is a compulsory thesis course on the fourth semester of the Master's Programme in European Studies.

Syllabus EU2500 Master's Thesis for European Studies

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