Translation of the Swedish course syllabus 
Governance, advanced level, 7.5 credits
(Governance, avancerad nivå, 7,5 högskolepoäng)
Course code: 1128ST
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 2020 (autumn semester)

1. Validation

This course syllabus was validated by the Faculty Board for Social Sciences at Södertörn University on 2020-02-13 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 B or equivalent

3. Learning outcomes

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

  • describe, explain and independently problematise various understandings of the concept of governance at an advanced level
  • describe, explain and independently problematise central theories and perspectives in the study of governance at advanced level
  • at an advanced level, apply theories and arguments about governance to empirical cases.

  • 4. Course content, modules and examinations

    This course explores various forms of governance from the perspective of democracy, e.g. their implications for accountability or for citizen power and opportunities for democratic influence. The concept of governance covers a broad spectrum of processes through which political decisions are articulated, made and implemented. Many different institutions and actors are involved. Research literature talks about a shift in focus “from government to governance”, implying a trend from central and hierarchical forms of governance toward interactive societal governance that emphasises horizontal forms of governance with networks and coordination between different societal actors.

    • 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 and written assignments.

    Absence from at most two seminars can be compensated for by the completion of written exercises, according to instructions.
     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

    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.