Malmö University
Programme syllabus

Political Science: Global Politics and Societal Change, Master’s Programme (One-Year)
Syllabus
Political Science: Global Politics and Societal Change, Master’s Programme (One-Year)
Syllabus approval
2014-06-19
2018-09-17
2019-09-02
Faculty of Culture and Society

Title, code och credits
Political Science: Global Politics and Societal Change, Master’s Programme (One-Year)
Statsvetenskap: Global politik och samhällsomvandling, magisterprogram
SAPSM
60 credits

Entry requirements and study level
Entry requirements
A Bachelor’s Degree within a social science field, e.g., Political Science, Peace and Conflict Studies, International Relations, Human Rights or a related major field. English B/6
Level
Master's programme

Organisation and contents
Organisation
The central focus of the programme is an interest in the various forms that politics takes at the transnational level, including its place within and effects upon particular societal contexts. The aim of the programme is to give students a basis for understanding and critically relating to four central tendencies within our contemporary world:
  1. agental pluralism – that political decisions involve not just the nation-state but numerous actors at multiple levels, including Intergovernmental Organisations, interest- and issue-groups, businesses, epistemic communities, and other emergent forms of actor;
  2. the transnationalisation of governance - a movement away from politics as structured in terms of top-down relations within nation-states towards more complex and networked forms of governance;
  3. the transnationalisation of political contestation – that civil society and other actors seeking to change politics both work across national boundaries and see their political demands as going beyond purely national concerns; and,
  4. the transnationalisation of policy problems – that there has been a shift in how policy problems are understood so that, for example, in the 1960s there was a shift from seeing environmental pollution within the confines of the nation-state towards identifying it as a transboundary phenomenon.
Contents
Learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding
Following successful completion of the course students should be able to:
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the developing tendencies identified in the programme that relate to its overarching themes, including a qualified overview of current research on globalization and of how different processes on the global level relate to and affect societal changes on the local level
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of methodological approaches in the field of Global Politics and of their consequences for research outcomes.
Competence and skills
  • Following successful completion of the course students should be able to:
  • analyze complex phenomena and issues on the basis of different types of material.
  • autonomously identify gaps in knowledge, formulate issues and design research based on relevant theories and methods.
  • communicate research outcomes in speech and writing in a professional way to different audiences and recipients.
  • demonstrate the ability to participate in research dialogue and project work.
Judgement and approach
Following successful completion of the course students should be able to:
  • identify and reflect on ethical aspects on research.
  • evaluate research results on the basis of the parameters of reliability and generalizability for the purpose of estimating the limitations of research.
  • identify their personal needs for further knowledge and learning.

Degree
Master's degree (60 credits)
Master of Arts (one-year) with a major in Political Science

Additional information
The language of teaching is English.
Each individual syllabus contains the entry requirements for advancing in the programme.
Language of instruction
English