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 • EU4310 Research methods, 15 credits
The course presents research approaches and offers practical training in research methods relevant to the field of European Studies. The first session of the course (5 credits) will focus on issues of general relevance to research in the social sciences, such as epistemology, research design, research ethics, and an overview of research methods. This session will also pay particular attention to the relevance of scientific research methods to analyse the causes, implementation and consequences of changes in policies, institutions and organizations in a European context. The students will thereby develop methodological tools with relevance for their professional activities.

The remaining four sessions of the course will be integrated with the various substance courses of the program in four 2.5 credit sessions. These will train the student in asking relevant research questions related to the substance of the courses, and select and apply relevant methods to be able to analyse research problems. The student will be guided to apply various methods across the sessions to ensure that the student will get training in the broad arsenal of research methods in the social sciences (qualitative, quantitative, case studies, large scale data sets), and discover their advantages and weaknesses.

This is a compulsory methods course.

Co-ordinating teacher: Amy Alexander and Ann-Kristin Jonasson,  Department of Political Science.

• EU4110 Cooperation and conflict in Europe 7,5 credits
This course lays the theoretical foundation for a broad interdisciplinary and problem-oriented approach to European integration. The aim is to increase the theoretical understanding of legal, political, economic, and social aspects of the European integration process by bringing forward different disciplinary insights and understandings of current European phenomena. The students will learn about the institutions, processes, practices and problems of European integration as well as gain an overview of, and an ability to critically reflect on and discuss, orally and in written form, current theory and research on processes of European integration. The course is based on thematic lectures, seminars and student’s presentations. During the course representatives from different academic disciplines with different approaches to European integration will participate, which gives the course a multidisciplinary character and provides students with insights into the theoretical and practical experiences of different fields within European studies.


This is a compulsory course.

Co-ordinating teacher is Olof Larsson, Department of Political Science.

• EU4120 European market integration 7,5 credits
The course addresses the challenges of integrating different national market systems into one single market, without formally integrating the respective social systems. The main problems related to the processes of enlargement and integration – the widening and deepening of European cooperation – will be outlined and analysed. Various examples of how to best understand and deal with these challenges will be addressed. The interplay between formal legal restrictions, economical functions of the single European market, and the political policy-making process will be a central theme throughout this course.

This is a compulsory course.

Co-ordinating teacher: Andreas Moberg, Department of Law.

• EU4130 EU as a global actor, 7,5 credits
This course provides for a multidisciplinary understanding of the European Union’s role in the world and draws on a range of approaches in the social sciences and the humanities. It provides for an assessment of the international significance of European integration, the impact of global developments on Europe, and the changing role of the EU in the new world order.

Three policy fields will be in particular focus in relation to the EU’s global actorness: security, trade, and migration. Teaching will be constructed along these three conceptual dimensions and includes a consideration of the broadening concept of security and the security strategies of EU member states and institutions; the changing presence of the EU in the global political economy; and the impact of international migration on European societies.

This is a compulsory course.

Co-ordinating teacher: Ann-Kristin Jonasson, Department of Political Science.

• EU4500 Master thesis, 15 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 analyse 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 student’s thesis.

This is a compulsory thesis course.

Co-ordinating teacher: Ann Ighe, Department of Economy and Society.

• EU4210 Environment and energy in European integration, 7,5 credits
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 analysed 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.

This is an elective course.

Co-ordinating teacher: Markus Johansson, Department of Political Science.

• EU4220 The European Social Dimension, 7,5 credits
The course seeks to consider the evolution and the future of European welfare states. It highlights the European citizenship, i.e. rights and obligations, from a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective. Students will get insights in the diversity of European social policies and policy instruments, of current socio-economic developments and socio-demographic trends.

The course addresses and problematizes European social policy and explores the changing nature of the European social model. This provides the baseline for in-depth thematic elaborations on different social problems and future challenges for the EU in areas such as migration, work and social security.

This is an elective course.

Co-ordinating teacher: Bengt Larsson, Department of Sociology & Work Science.

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