The Swedish Political System, 7.5 credits

Det svenska politiska systemet, 7.5 hp


Main field of study

Political Science

Course level

First cycle

Course type

Single subject and programme course


Elin Wihlborg

Course coordinator

Elin Wihlborg

Director of studies or equivalent

Mariana S Gustafsson


ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus ECV
Single subject course (Full-time, Day-time) Autumn 2019 201939-201943 Swedish Linköping
F7KPO Bachelor´s Programme in Political science and economics 1 (Autumn 2019) 201939-201943 Swedish Linköping C

Main field of study

Political Science

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Bachelor´s Programme in Political science and economics

Entry requirements

General entry requirements for undergraduate studies.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to

  • have knowledge of the basic structures of the Swedish political system,
  • account for central and critical situations in modern political history and what these have meant for how Swedish policy and administration are organised and structured today,
  • in writing, account for and reflect on both empirical and fundamental aspects of Swedish policy and administration,
  • analyse political events in relation to the distinctive features and historical development of the Swedish political system,
  • analyse and relate to different explanation approaches within Swedish policy and administration,
  • critically relate to arguments and interpretations of different administration models and political processes.

Course content

The module covers Swedish policy and administration concerning local, regional and national processes. Strong emphasis is placed at the political historical the development and the interplay between policy and administration. The module focuses fundamental distinctive features and their relation to central ideas within political theory.

Teaching and working methods

The course includes lectures where the course contents are introduced and developed. The lectures complement the reading list. The seminars constitute a central part of the students' learning processes and provide an opportunity to reflect and, in groups, critically discuss to develop approach and skills. The student is expected to be well prepared for the lectures and have accomplished the seminar preparations according to the instructions in the course guide. The student is expected to profit from the reading list independently and/or in independently organised reading groups.

Parts that involve examination are compulsory.


The course is examined through a written examination at the end of the course and through active participation in the seminars and a brief written report.

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.


Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling
Code Name Scope Grading scale
SEMI Mandatory Assignments 1.5 credits U, G
EXAM Examination 6 credits U, G, VG


Bäck, Henry, Larsson, Torbjörn, Gissur Ó. Erlingsson, (2015) Den svenska politiken : struktur, processer och resultat 4 uppl. Malmö: Liber
Freidenvall, Lenita, Jansson, Maria, (2017) Politik och kön : feministiska perspektiv på statsvetenskap Upplaga 1 Lund : Studentlitteratur, [2017]

ISBN: 9789144117768

Möller, Tommy, (2015) Svensk politisk historia : strid och samverkan under tvåhundra år 3. uppl. Lund : Studentlitteratur, 2015

ISBN: 9789144106571



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