Translation of the Swedish course syllabus 
Comparative Socio-Economic Systems, 7.5 credits
(Jämförande socioekonomiska system, 7,5 högskolepoäng)
Course code: 1123NE
Subject area: Economics
Main field of study: Economics
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 2020 (autumn semester)

1. Validation

This course syllabus was validated by the Faculty Board for Social Sciences at Södertörn University on 2020-01-23 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance.

2. Entry requirements

Degree of Bachelor of Science in Economics, and English B or the equivalent.

3. Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course the student is able to:

Knowledge and understanding
  • Describe and apply theories about the socio-economic system and its impact on entrepreneurship and economic growth
  • Explain how culture and institutions function as social capital within the capital structure of the economy, and the role of interpersonal aspects
  • Describe the interdependence between cultural, political and economic institutions, and between cognition and institutions
  • Explain the interaction between the functioning of the economy and the surrounding community, and the connections between institutional conditions and economic progress, using socio-economic theory

    Skills and abilities
  • Apply economic theory about the socio-economic system and its impact on entrepreneurship and economic growth using comparative institutional analysis, and qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Relate socio-economic theory and systems perspective to economic, social, and environmental sustainability

    Judgment and approach
  • Approach statements based on theory in a critical and analytical manner
  • Appraise and relate to the way that theoretical perspectives and method selection have an impact on the scientific study of socio-economic systems and their consequences for economic, social, and environmental sustainability.

  • 4. Course content, modules and examinations

    An economy’s capital structure creates a link between entrepreneurship on the micro level and economic growth on the macro level. Concepts that are the basis of civilization, such as language, norms, rules and money are studied as social capital using capital theory, in which interpersonal relationships are considered. Cultural factors and cognitive aspects are introduced into economic analysis. Theoretical analysis is applied through the consideration of how different socio-economic systems contribute to economic, social, and ecological sustainability.

    • Comparative Socio-Economic Systems, 7,5 credits
      (Jämförande socioekonomiska system, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

    • 1001, Comparative Socio-Economic Systems, 7,5 credits
      (Jämförande socioekonomiska system, 7.5 högskolepoäng)
      Grades permitted: A/B/C/D/E/F
      Academic discipline: Social Sciences 100%

    5. Course design

    The course consists of seminars that are based on introductory lectures.

    6. Examination format

    Examination is through written take-home examination, hand-in assignments and active participation in seminars.

    Hand-in assignments may be used to compensate for absence from a maximum of two seminars.
     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 20202020-04-29Ämnesrådet för nationalekonomi

    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.