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Political Science Ba (A): International Politics, 7,5 Credits

General data

Code: SK005G
Subject/Main field: Statsvetenskap
Cycle: First cycle
Progression: (A)
Credits: 7.5
Progressive specialization: G1N - First cycle, has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
Answerable department: Social Sciences
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
Established: 9/30/2006
Date of change: 7/4/2013
Version valid from: 8/30/2013


The course offers an introduction to Political Science concerning the theoretical core of the subject and the forms of international political decision making.

Course objectives

After completion of the course the student is expected to:
- have basic knowledge about the fundamental theories of international politics,
- be able to orientate her/himself about the basic epmpirical findings and research
within the field of international politics,
- be able to make an independent analysis of the contemporary development of
international politics, based on assismilated knowledge of theories and empirical
findings in the field.


The course is focused on the structure of the international political system; its participants, instruments and arenas of action. The course futher introduces dominating theories in the field.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry qualifications for this course apart from general university entrance qualifications. However, priority will be given to those candidates who have at least one academic year or the equivalent in higher education studies.

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

The course consists of lectures, seminars and assignments.

Examination form

Examination can take place either as a written examination, oral examination, thesis or as PM assignments.

Grading criteria: see subject-specific grading criteria at

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Required literature

Beeson, Mark & Bisley, Nick, Issues in 21st Century World Politics, Hampshire, Palgrave McMillan, Senaste upplagan

Kaldor, Mary, New And Old Wars: Organized Violence in a Global Era, Stanford University Press, Senaste upplagan

Mingst, Karen A. & Ivan M. Arreguín-Toft, Essentials of international relations, New York, Norton, Senaste upplagan

Other information

A student who fails an examination has the right to retake it in order to obtain a pass mark or a pass mark with distinction.

A student who fails the examination on two occasions has the right to apply for a new examination with another teacher.

Those students who pass the course are not eligible to retake examination in order to achieve higher grades.