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AG2110 Theoretical and historical perspective on global governance, 15 credits

The course lays the theoretical foundation for a broad interdisciplinary and problem-oriented approach to international organizations and global governance. The course explores and analyzes historical developments and contemporary currents in international issues such as international trade, international aid and development, security, and a relative newcomer to the international arena, international environmental protection. In addition, the course will identify and critically analyze the principal institutions, organizations and regimes that make up the international system.

This course is a compulsory core course.

Syllabus AG2110 Theoretical and historical perspective on global governance

AG2120 International administration and policy, 15 credits

The course analyzes in depth the organisational structure and behaviour of international organisations, as well as strategies for effecting change in the international arena. It seeks to yield practical knowledge of and theskills necessary both to analyze and contribute to the work of international organisations. Case-based learning complements academic literature in order to explore selected and illustrative experiences of international organisations seeking to bring about change in accordance with their own objectives. The course will analyze central aspects of international organisations such as decision making in the presence of economic and political constraints, the instruments available for influencing global regimes, their relationship to national law and national economic systems, their relationship to local practice and public opinion, questions of representation and accountability, and how international organisations shape the international arena and affect national and local contexts in the long and short term.

This course is a compulsory core course.

Syllabus AG2120 International administration and policy

SK2212 The Quality of Government in a Comparative Perspective, 15 credits

Corruption and its related problems are now seen as having devastating effects not only on economic growth, but also on the viability of democratic processes, the legitimacy of public policies in areas such as social insurance, employment and education and, not least, the overall social fabric of society. In this course, you will study the importance of the quality of government (QoG) institutions for economic and democratic development as well as social and environmental sustainability. We will critically evaluate questions such as how QoG might be defined; the importance of QoG for democracy, economic growth, the rule of law, social capital, inequality, social policies and citizens individual well-being; and, whether the concept of QoG is universally applicable or limited to the Western liberal democracies. For those who aspire to win the Nobel Prize, answer this: what does it take for countries to change from low to high quality political institutions?

This course is a semi-elective in-depth course.

Syllabus SK2212 The Quality of Government in a Comparative Perspective

SF2221 Global Security and Democracy, 15 credits

This course deals with the interrelationship between security and democracy in an ever-changing global context. Pressing problems facing today s global politics makes it imperative to rethink the notions of security and democracy. How do we provide security while preserving the basic principles of a democratic society? How do we democratize global politics without lowering the level of security we feel is necessary? In this course, you will learn to discuss and analyze the meaning of the concepts and practices of security and democracy. Who is the subject of security? What are threats to security? How does one organize a secure political life? Through theoretical and thematic attention to these issues, you will become familiar with the relevant research and acquire tools with which to critically discuss and assess different responses and policy proposals. You will present your arguments both in writing and orally.

This course is a semi-elective in-depth course.

Syllabus SF2221 Global Security and Democracy

SK2211 The Performance of Democracies, 15 credits

This course explores factors that explain cross country variation in democratic performance and their implications. More specifically, it is concerned with how institutional variation among democratic regimes is related to outcomes in general dimensions of performance, such as, human well-being, corruption and sound management of public finances, among others. It therefore takes a ‘governance’ perspective focusing less on issues that have to do with what democracy is, democratic transitions or democratic survival but rather with why and how democracies ‘succeed or fail’ in the aforementioned areas. It also reviews the implications that follow for citizen attitudes and democratic support.

This course is a semi-elective in-depth course.

Syllabus SK2211 The Performance of Democracies

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.

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.

Syllabus EU2215 Europe in the world

AG2440/AG2450 Internship in International Administration and Global Governance, 15 credits/30 credits

The course consists of a guided internship in an organization in Sweden or abroad, including the production of at least one text of substantive relevance to the organization hosting the internship, as well as in writing an internship report. The assignments during the internship should be advanced in character and of relevance to the your education and career plans. You are responsible for identifying, contacting and making arrangements with the organization.

The course is an elective course.

Syllabus AG2440 Internship in International Administration and Global Governance 15 credits

Syllabus AG2450 Internship in International Administration and Global Governance 30 credits

SF2321 Applied Statistical Analysis, 15 credits

This course teaches theory-based empirical analysis through statistical methods through the use of statistical data programs (for example SPSS). Through the course the student will reach a comprehensive understanding of the application of statistical methods both within the social sciences and for public and commercial analyses and reports. Students will be able to apply explanatory social science models, principles of statistical inference and a number of statistical methods for example factor analysis and different forms of regression. The course consists of two major parts. In the first part, the teaching is arranged in workshops. Each workshop is usually concentrated around one statistical technique and one hand-in assignment and consists of lectures, teacher led computer labs sessions and tutorials. The second part of the course is focused on an independent report in which skills are put into practices and the principles of theory-based empirical analysis are applied through statistical methods on a self-chosen subject and data material. The course is preparatory for the master thesis work.

This course is an elective research methods course.

Syllabus SF2321 Applied statistical analysis

SF2322 Applied Qualitative Research Methods, 15 credits

The aim of this course is to give you a comprehensive understanding of the application of different qualitative methods. The course is divided into four modules: basics of qualitative research, design and data collection, processing and analysis and validation and evaluation.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 discourse analysis, ideas and argument analysis, ethnographic methods, and case study analysis. The second module deals with various empirical materials and problems of sampling, with particular emphasis on methods for collecting and processing data as text, interviews and observations. The third part focuses on processing and analysis. The final module deals with problems related to validation and evaluation of research processes and research conclusions. In the final course paper, you are writing a methods section equivalent to that used in a finished master thesis.

This course is an elective research methods course.

Syllabus SF2322 Applied Qualitative Research Methods

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.

This course is an elective research methods course.

Syllabus SF2323 Applied Qualitative Research Methods, problems and design

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

AG2500 Master's Thesis, 30 credits

You will formulate, plan and complete the masters thesis in a given span of time. Writing the masters 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 international administration and global governance. You will receive support and substantive guidance from a thesis advisor. 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.

Syllabus AG2500 Master's Thesis

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