European Democratic Culture, 7.5 credits

European Democratic Culture, 7.5 hp


Main field of study

Political Science

Course level

First cycle

Course type

Single subject course


Mikael Rundqvist

Course coordinator

Mikael Rundqvist

Director of studies or equivalent

Albin Algotson

Available for exchange students



ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus ECV
Single subject course (Full-time, Day-time) Spring 2024 202409-202413 English Linköping
Single subject course (Full-time, Day-time) Spring 2024 202409-202413 English Linköping

Main field of study

Political Science

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level


Entry requirements

  • 60 ECTS credits passed in relevant subjects, e.g. politics, economics, law, history, where at least 30 ECTS credits in politics
  • English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (Engelska 6)
    Exemption from Swedish

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student should be able to:

  • understand Europe's democratic historical development, and the democratic forms and thoughts of today.
  • analyze key issues regarding the development of democracy in Europe, and discuss perspectives, concepts and theories.

Course content

In this course historical and contemporary notions of European and national citizenship are examined. A bearing thought is that even though the idea of democracy by no means has been universally accepted or taken for granted in Europe, the development of a democratic culture has played a central role in European politics since the French Revolution. Even today the question of democratic forms for European governance are central to many political controversies. The ideas and practice of democracy are discussed, as well the enemies of democracy and the ambitions of democratic parties in Europe.

Teaching and working methods

This course will be delivered by means of lectures and seminars. Homework and independent study are a necessary complement to the course.Language of instruction; english


The examination includes written papers and active participation in seminars. Detailed information about the examination can be found in the course’s study guide.

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.



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
SEMI Seminar 0.5 credits EC
INUP Individual Assignment 3 credits EC
GRUP Group Assignment 4 credits EC


Schmidt, Vivien A., (2006) Democracy in Europe : the EU and national polities. Oxford : Oxford Univ. Press, 2006

ISBN: 0199266980, 9780199266982, 0199266972, 9780199266975


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