Translation of the Swedish course syllabus 
Governance, advanced level, 7.5 credits
(Governance, avancerad nivå, 7,5 högskolepoäng)
Course code: 1114ST
Subject area: Political Science
Main field of study: Political Science
Academic school: School of Social Sciences
Disciplinary domain: Social Sciences 100%
Grading scale: AF
Education cycle: Second-cycle (Master)
Progressive specialisation: A1N (Second cycle. Entry requirements: completed first-cycle course/s)
Language of instruction: English
Valid from: HT 2019 (autumn semester)

1. Validation

This course syllabus was validated by the Faculty Board for Social Sciences at Södertörn University on 2019-03-28 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance.

2. Entry requirements

English B and a Bachelor's degree including 90 credits in Political Science or the equivalent.

3. Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student is able to:

  • describe, explain and independently problematise the various elements in the concept of governance
  • describe, explain and independently problematise central theories and perspectives in the study of governance
  • apply theories and arguments about global governance to empirical cases.

  • 4. Course content, modules and examinations

    The concept of governance covers a broad spectrum of processes through which political decisions are made and implemented in a society. Many different institutions and actors are involved. One common conclusion in the literature is that there has been a shift in focus “from government to governance” in the sense that hierarchical forms of governance have been replaced or complemented by horizontal forms of governance including networks, coordination between various societal actors. This course explores various forms of governance and asks what implications they have for democracy, on issues of accountability or citizens’ power and possibilities for democratic influence.

    • Governance, 7,5 credits
      (Governance, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

    • 1001, Governance, 7,5 credits
      (Governance, 7.5 högskolepoäng)
      Grades permitted: A/B/C/D/E/F
      Academic discipline: Social Sciences 100%

    5. Course design

    The course is taught through a combination of lectures and seminars.

    6. Examination format

    The course is assessed by active seminar participation, including written assignments, and a paper on a chosen topic.

    Absence from at most two seminars can be compensated for by the completion of written exercises.
     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 2019VT 20202019-05-22Ämnesrådet för statsvetenskap
    HT 20202020-05-06Ämnesrådet för statsvetenskap

    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.

    9. Other stipulations
    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.