Political Science A, Political Theory 7.5 credits

Statsvetenskap A, Politisk teori
First cycle, S0005N
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2020 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
by 28 Feb 2007

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 14 Feb 2020

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Political Science
Subject group (SCB)
Political Science
Main field of study
Political Science

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Course Aim
Completing the course, the student should have basic knowledge of western political theory. The student should be able to outline the core of the history of western political thought, be able to outline and analyze key concepts within political philosophy such as justice, equality (including gender equality), distribution of resources, relationship between the individual and the state. Further, be able to derive and analyze modern political ideologies using history of political thought and philosophy. Finally, be able to discuss and analyze contemporary phenomena in society from the perspective of political ideologies.

The course deals with the origins and development of political philosophy and political idelogies, some basic knowledge about scientific theories and a view of modern political analysis.

Teaching consists of lectures and seminars. The student will have opportunity to train oral and written presentation, teamwork and participation in seminars.

The kind of examination varies depending on the kind of teaching. A written exam will take place after each course. Compulsary items are graded Fail or Pass. Additional assignments will be given to students who do not participate actively in seminars.

Students must register for the courses themselves or contact ETS educational administration, not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place.

Simon Matti

Transition terms
The course S0005N is equal to IES340

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2020 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Beckman, L & Mörkenstam, U. (red.) (latest ed.) Politiskt teori. Malmö: Liber.
Hallberg, P., Jonsson, M. & Mörkenstam, U. (2009): Tretton texter i politisk teori, Malmö: Liber.
Larsson, Reidar (latest ed.): Politiska ideologier i vår tid. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Roberts, P & Sutch, P (latest ed.) Politiskt tänkande, en introduktion. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Sanne, Marika (2000). Skrivråd för statsvetare. Lund :Studentlitteratur.
Articels will be included.

Course offered by
Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Written examU G VG *4.50MandatoryA07
0002Compulsory assignmentU G#3.00MandatoryA07

Study guidance
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