Translation of the Swedish course syllabus 
Political and Social Institutions, 7.5 credits
(Politiska och sociala institutioner, 7,5 högskolepoäng)
Course code: 1052SL
Subject area: Sociology
Main field of study: Sociology
Academic school: School of Social Sciences
Disciplinary domain: Social Sciences 100%
Grading scale: G/VG
Education cycle: Second-cycle (Master)
Progressive specialisation: A1N (Second cycle. Entry requirements: completed first-cycle course/s)
Language of instruction: English
Valid from: HT 2017 (autumn semester)

1. Validation

This course syllabus was validated by the Faculty Board for Social Sciences at Södertörn University on 2017-03-15 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance.

2. Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree including 90 credits in Social Sciences as the main field of study, and English 6/English B or equivalent.

3. Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student is able to
  • summarise and analyse relevant literature within the subfield of political and social institutions
  • autonomously discern and present the most important theoretical perspectives in the subfield of political and social institutions
  • critically examine the assumptions and empirical underpinnings of various theoretical perspectives
  • autonomously produce research overviews within the subfield of political and social institutions
  • apply selected institutional perspectives on current societal issues.

  • 4. Course content, modules and examinations

    The course provides an overview of new theories and perspectives on political and social institutions. These theories and perspectives are then applied to selected case studies. Great emphasis is put on critically examining the various theories and linking them to empirical issues.

    • Political and Social Institutions, 7,5 credits
      (Politiska och sociala institutioner, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

    • 1001, Political and Social Institutions, 7,5 credits
      (Politiska och sociala institutioner, 7.5 högskolepoäng)
      Grades permitted: U/G/VG

    5. Course design

    The course consists lectures and seminars.

    6. Examination format

  • Written assignment
  • Oral presentations
  • Seminar participation
  •  The grading criteria are distributed prior to the start of a course or module.

    If a student has a certificate for compensatory support from Södertörn University, the examiner may decide on an adapted examination or alternative examination form in accordance with Södertörn University's regulations.

    7. Reading list

    If there are changes in the reading list between semesters, a new list for the next semester is to be validated no later than July 15 and December 15 respectively.
    Valid from Valid to Decision date Decision board
    HT 20172017-04-18Ämnesrådet i sociologi

    8. Restrictions on accreditation

    The course may not be accredited as part of a degree if the contents are partly or wholly the same as a course previously taken in Sweden or elsewhere.