Master in Political Science: Global Politics and Societal Change

Malmö University

Program Description

Master in Political Science: Global Politics and Societal Change

Malmö University


These are turbulent political times. International power bases are shifting. Political, economic and military threats merge and reform, presenting new political challenges. Examples like China and Russia prompt us to rethink the widely held belief that democratic reform will follow on the heels of economic progress. In these days of the “war on terror,” it is also more and more difficult to know what a war is, who fights it, how it starts and how it can end. In the meantime, global inequality is increasing. Half of the world’s population lives in severe poverty, many of them in conflict-ridden regions and/or under failing governments. Problems of development – malnutrition, poverty, preventable diseases – can be solved by a global effort, so why does it not happen?

The one-year master's program in Global Politics and Societal Change will help you make sense of these issues. It will give you a solid theoretical base concerning the meaning and role of concepts like justice, peace, security, power, culture, and democracy.

What makes the master program unique?

The program is thoroughly interdisciplinary and draws on the different strengths in the Department of Global Political studies, including International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, Human Rights, Public Policy, but also Ethnography and Philosophy. It focuses specifically on the changing nature of global politics and pays particular attention to how new institutions and patterns of conflict and cooperation affect public policy on different levels, including the local level. In addition to advancing a more nuanced perspective on what ‘globalisation’ means, the program extends to our understanding of politics as a continuous and often very complex interaction of decision-making, institutions, and advocacy on multiple levels.

What career will I be prepared for?

After graduation, you will be well prepared for qualified social scientific analysis. You will be well equipped to work with issues like international aid, development, conflict prevention, foreign policy, and human rights fulfillment. You attain up to date skills based on the latest research combined with an ability to manage projects and communicate scientific knowledge to various social actors in the field.

Potential employers are international agencies, non-governmental organizations, local and national administration agencies and the diplomatic service. You will also be able to continue for research education studies at advanced and doctoral levels after completing your degree.

Entry requirements

A Bachelor’s Degree in a social science field, e.g., Political Science, Peace and Conflict Studies, International Relations, Human Rights or a related major field. English B/6

Organisation

The basic theme of the program is the changing role of the national state and its consequences for the organization and practice of politics. The aim of the program is to give students a basis for understanding and critically relating to four central development tendencies in contemporary political life:

(1) a movement away from the totally predominant role of the national state towards an increasing role of international organizations, NGOs, businesses and other actors;

(2) a movement away from the government towards governance, i.e., a movement away from politics as structured in terms of top-down relations within national states towards more complex forms of governance;

(3) the growing importance of international norms within politics both at the international and the national level; and

(4) the development of other conflict patterns than those concerning socio-economic resources, e.g., culture, religion, and gender. The overarching aim of the programme is to identify and problematize the way global transformation processes affect the possibilities to organize and pursue politics on the local level.

Contents

Semester 1

  • Political science: Visions of global politics (7.5 credits)
  • Political science: Post-Westphalian politics (7.5 credits)
  • Political science: Multilevel governance and transnational policy (7.5 credits)
  • Political science: Norms of the international community (7.5 credits)

Semester 2

  • Political science: The politics of pluralism (7.5 credits)
  • Political science: Research design and method (7.5 credits)
  • Political science: Essay (15 credits)

Courses

  • Political Science: Visions of Global Politics, 7.5 credits (ST610L)
  • Political Science: Norms in International Society, 7.5 credits (ST613L)
  • Political Science: Multi-Level Governance and Transnational Policy, 7.5 credits (ST612L)
  • Political Science: Post-Westphalian Politics, 7.5 credits (ST611L)
  • Political Science: The Politics of Pluralism, 7.5 credits (ST620L)
  • Political Science: Research Design and Methods, 7.5 credits (ST621L)

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 program that relates 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 studies 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.
This school offers programs in:
  • English
Malmö University

Last updated October 13, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2019
Duration
Duration
1 year
Full time
Price
Price
80,000 SEK
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Deadline
Jan. 15, 2019
first admission round. April 15 deadline for second admission round.
Locations
Sweden - Malmö, Skåne County
Start date : Aug. 2019
Application deadline Jan. 15, 2019
first admission round. April 15 deadline for second admission round.
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Dates
Aug. 2019
Sweden - Malmö, Skåne County
Application deadline Jan. 15, 2019
first admission round. April 15 deadline for second admission round.
End date Request Info
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