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Political Science A, Comparative Politics 7.5 credits

Statsvetenskap A, Jämförande politik
First cycle, S0007N
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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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
How does politics work in other countries? How does the political system of a democracy differ to that in a non-democracy? In what ways can politics be organized to achieve a balance between values such as efficiency, legitimacy and the sharing of power? Comparative politics is the study of, and the methods of study, different political entities and systems, either in part or in full. The political systems and institutions of other states (than Sweden) are the main focus. Comparative politics explain and analyze questions about how, why and with what consequences policies work in other countries, as well as to better understand the creation and design of new political institutions, processes or systems. Throughout the course, a number of generic skills are also dealt with, which are put into practical application during the course. Particular emphasis is placed on the ability to independently seek, evaluate and critically examine knowledge, as well as on the ability to present and communicate this in a structured way.

After completing the course, the student should demonstrate:
• Ability to describe and explain the main processes, actors and functions that make up the political system.
• Ability to apply basic concepts and analysis tools to describe and compare political systems in different states.
• Ability to explain and describe the causes as well as effects of institutional choices.
• Ability to participate actively and constructively in seminar discussions.
• Ability to write and present written work in a structured way and within given time and space frames.
• Ability to independently search for relevant knowledge in both printed and Internet-based sources.
• Ability to independently relate to, critically review and evaluate this knowledge.
• Presentation and communication skills.  

The course in Comparative Politics opens with a review of the basic theories and methods used in the study of comparative politics. Following that, focus is on political participation, political culture, and the role of the citizen and its significance for democracy and democratization processes. Political institutions, such as, legislative branches and executive powers, and the implementation of political goals are also presented. The organized society constituted by political parties and interest organizations as well as other channels for molding of political opinions such as the media will be observed.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
Teaching will take the form of lectures and seminars. Seminars are compulsory. By conducting comparisons between different states, participants shall practice the presentation of individually performed analysis, with connections to both different political systems and to theories and methods in comparative politics.

The course realization may be in English.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
The course is examined through a written exam; oral presentations of and seminar discussions on exercises as well as written submissions. The written exam examines the goal of describing and explaining the main processes, actors and functions that make up the political system. Through the seminar exercises and the written assignments, the goals of applying basic concepts and analysis tools for describing and comparing political systems in different states are examined; to independently and critically analyze the causes as well as effects of institutional choices; and to participate actively and constructively in seminar discussions. Written submissions also examine the goal of writing and presenting written work in a structured way and within given time frames.
All examinations form the basis for final grades for the course according to the distribution exam 50%, seminar assignments and written assignments 50%. Grades for the course are only set when all exams have been submitted and all compulsory parts have been completed. The grading scale consists of the grades Fail (U), Pass (G) and Pass with Distinction (VG).

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 S0007N is equal to IES342

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2021 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Sanne, Marika (latest edition) Skrivråd för statsvetare. Lund:Studentlitteratur.
Anckar, C., Bengtsson, Å., Denk, T. & Karvonen, L. (2013/latest edition). Komparativ politik – institutioner och beteende. Lund: Studentlitteratur (320 pages)
Denk, T. & Anckar C. (red.) (2015). Komparativ politik – Nio politiska system. Lund: Studentlitteratur (295 pages)

In addition there is articels.

Course offered by
Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0003Written exam and oral and written assignmentsU G VG *7.50MandatoryA10

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by 28 Feb 2007

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts 17 Feb 2021