Political Science, Degree project, focus Investigation 15 Credits

Examensarbete statsvetenskap, magister, inriktning utredning
Second cycle, S7018N
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2018 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Bo Jonsson Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 07 Feb 2011

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 15 Feb 2018

Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
Political Science
Subject group (SCB)
Political Science
Main field of study
Political Science

Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree of at least 180 credits in Political science ant the courses Political institutionalism 7,5 credits (S7015N) and Citizenship, democracy and legitimacy in modern societies 7,5 credits (S7016N) or equivalent.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
The student is to write and defend a thesis requiring the ability to independently choose and justify a relevant problem, purpose, scope, theory, method and material, as well as to analyse and draw conclusions based on these choices, composing a major thesis. Compared to the C level thesis, the D level work is anticipated to be more sophisticated in terms of problematization and application of theoretical frameworks. Ideas that are put forward should be presented in a thorough manner.

Every student writes and defends a thesis. Choice of topic, purpose, theory, method and material is presented in a written memorandum that is discussed at a seminar. Every student acts as discussant on another student’s memorandum and thesis.

Teaching consists of tutoring and seminars training the student’s ability to independently formulate an interesting problem, as well as the ability to justify choice of scope, theory, method, material, etc. Ability to explore and analyse a scientific problem is of utmost importance, as well as presenting the results, primarily in writing, but also orally. Supervision is provided within a period of one semester after first course registration.

To pass the course the student shall participate in compulsery meetings and seminars as well as register the thesis according to LTUs rules.

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.

Carina Lundmark

Literature. Valid from Spring 2016 Sp 4 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Ekengren, A-M. & J. Hinnfors (senaste upplagan) Uppsatshandbok: hur du lyckas med din uppsats. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Övrig litteratur bestäms i samverkan med handledare.

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

0001Seminars1.5TG U G VG
0002Degree project13.5TG U G VG

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.

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