Academic degree at bachelor level in human rights, international relations, peace and conflict studies or related field. A further requirement is the equivalent of English course B in Swedish secondary schools. Examples of relevant related fields include political science, anthropology, sociology, law, philosophy, history, European studies, gender studies, and IMER (International Migration and Ethnic Relations).
Organization and study plan
The one-year master programme in Global Political Studies offers specializations into three different major fields of study: human rights, international relations, and peace and conflict studies. The programme includes four modules, which cover joint orientation studies in global politics, theme studies in smaller groups, and in-depth studies in the student’s major field of study, including own research in the form of a thesis. Teaching consists of lectures, seminars, and individual supervision. The students will organize and lead discussion meetings. All course modules include written assignments, in the form of papers or reports – to be completed individually or in groups – and oral assignments in the form of presentations and discussion sessions. Teaching and exercises into research methodology are integrated in all modules. There is a joint seminar on method and academic writing, which runs throughout the programme.
The first semester starts with the course Global Political Studies (15 credits). This course includes lectures that give an overview over the field global political studies, and seminars on method. In addition, the students will work in smaller seminar groups, completing examination assignments as the course progresses. The course concludes with a joint seminar, where students from different seminar groups present assignments. The next course is Individual specialization in the major field of study (15 credits). Ahead of this course, the students will have selected her or his major field of study and the research subject for their thesis work. The individual specialization will be shaped, in collaboration with a tutor, to fit the student’s needs in light of these choices, with the objective of making her or him well prepared for the thesis. Normally the student will conduct a research survey. In addition to individual studies, the students will organize and lead discussion meetings. There will also be taught seminars on method.
The second semester starts with theme studies, which is an elective module (15 credits). A few courses will be offered among which the students make their choice. The courses on offer at each occasion are described separately. They will normally be related to ongoing research projects at the department. Examples of possible theme studies are Gender and Conflict, Global and Human Security, Sovereignty and Cosmopolitanism, and Diaspora. In the theme groups, students with different major fields of study, will work together. Examination of the theme study module is in the form of oral presentation assignments and a written report. There will be taught seminars as well as discussion meetings organized and led by the students themselves. The programme concludes with Thesis in the major field of study (15 credits), which is an individual research assignment. In addition to individual studies, writing, and supervision, there will be group seminars on method. In addition to submitting the thesis, the student will perform oral presentations of her or his research work as well as act as commentator on the research work of another student.