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Political Science, Ma, Social Capital, Public Affairs and Good Governance, 7,5 credits

General data

Code: SK027A
Subject/Main field: Statsvetenskap
Cycle: Second cycle
Credits: 7.5
Progressive specialization: A1N - Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Answerable department: Social Sciences
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
Established: 3/1/2013
Date of change: 3/21/2016
Version valid from: 8/1/2016


The course aims to provide in-depth knowledge of the theories explaining the importance of social trust and its origins and its connection with the functioning of the public sector from a political science perspective.

Course objectives

After the course is completed the student should be able to:
- Evaluate theories concerning the origins of social trust and its variation from a comparative perspective.
- Describe and critically reflect on the relationship between social trust and how well societies function.
- Use research on social trust to perform indepentent in-depth analysis of complex research problems in political science.


The course covers in-depth research on the importance of social capital, especially social trust, for societies and how well they function. The course covers research on the importance of inequality, social mobility and diversity for social trust. Corruption and mismanagement of public affairs and functioning welfare states represent different extremes. The course highlights research on issues such as corruption or lack of cooperation based on theories of social trust. During the course, the existence of social trust and corruption to be covered from an international comparative perspective.

Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree with a major (90 Credits) in Political Science.

Selection rules and procedures

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

Teaching form

Teaching will take place as lectures and obligatory seminars.

Examination form

Examination will take the form of written examination and active participation at seminars.

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

Author: Putnam, Robert D.
Title: Our Kids.
Edition: Senaste upplagan
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Author: Rothstein, Bo
Title: The Quality of Government: Corruption, Social Trust, and Inequality in International Perspective.
Edition: Senaste upplagan
Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Author: Uslaner, Eric
Title: Segregation and Mistrust. Diversity, Isolation, and Social Cohesion.
Edition: Senaste upplagan
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Artiklar eller annat skriftligt material som tillhandahålls tillkommer.

Scientific articles and other written material will be added.

Other information

If demands for compulsory attendance are not met, the student is given the opportunity to complete these requirements the next time the course is given.