Methods in Political Science, 15 credits

Statsvetenskapliga metoder, 15 hp


Main field of study

Political Science

Course level

Second cycle

Course type

Single subject and programme course


Mikael Rundqvist

Course coordinator

Mikael Rundqvist

Director of studies or equivalent

Albin Algotson
ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus ECV
F7MSF Master's Programme in Political Science with specialisation in Public Administration 2 (Spring 2023) 202314-202323 Swedish Linköping, Valla C

Main field of study

Political Science

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Master's Programme in Political Science with specialisation in Public Administration

Entry requirements

  • Bachelor's degree equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen in Political Science
  • English and Swedish corresponding to the level of English and Swedish in Swedish upper secondary education (Engelska 6 and Svenska 3)


If special circumstances prevail, and if it is possible with consideration of the nature of the compulsory component, the examiner may decide to replace the compulsory component with another equivalent component.

If the LiU coordinator for students with disabilities has granted a student the right to an adapted examination for a written examination in an examination hall, the student has the right to it.

If the coordinator has recommended for the student an adapted examination or alternative form of examination, the examiner may grant this if the examiner assesses that it is possible, based on consideration of the course objectives.

An examiner may also decide that an adapted examination or alternative form of examination if the examiner assessed that special circumstances prevail, and the examiner assesses that it is possible while maintaining the objectives of the course.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.


Three-grade scale, U, G, VG

Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.

If special circumstances prevail, the vice-chancellor may in a special decision specify the preconditions for temporary deviations from this course syllabus, and delegate the right to take such decisions.


Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling
Code Name Scope Grading scale
UPP1 Essay memo 3 credits U, G
SEM1 Seminar 1 credits U, G
SEM2 Seminar 1 credits U, G
SEM3 Seminars 4 credits U, G
LAB1 Laboratory 1 credits U, G
TEN1 Written examination 5 credits U, G, VG


Alvesson, Mats, Kärreman, Dan, (2012) Kreativ metod : skapa och lösa mysterier. 1. uppl. Malmö : Liber, 2012

ISBN: 9789147097555

Bryman, Alan, (2012) Social research methods. 4. ed. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012

ISBN: 9780199588053, 0199588058

Della Porta, Donatella, Keating, Michael, (2008) Approaches and methodologies in the social sciences : a pluralist perspective. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2008

ISBN: 9780521709668, 0521709660, 9780521883221, 0521883229

George, Alexander L., Bennett, Andrew, (2005) Case studies and theory development in the social sciences. Cambridge, Mass. London : MIT, cop. 2005

ISBN: 9780262572224, 0262072572, 9780262072571, 0262572222

Lukes, Steven, (2005) Power : a radical view. 2. expanded ed. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2005

ISBN: 9780333420911, 0333420926, 9780333420928, 9780230802575

Murray, Rowena, Verfasser, (2011) How to write a thesis : [Develop good writing habits ; overcome writer's block; understand the assessment process ; get the most from your supervisor]

ISBN: 9780335244287, 9780335244294, 0335244289, 0335244297


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