The Swedish Model, 15 credits

The Swedish Model, 15 hp


Main field of study

Political Science

Course level

First cycle

Course type

Single subject and programme course


Khalid Khayati

Course coordinator

Khalid Khayati

Director of studies or equivalent

Mariana S Gustafsson

Available for exchange students



Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus ECV
Single subject course (Half-time, Day-time) Spring 2021 202104-202123 English Linköping
Single subject course (Half-time, Day-time) Spring 2021 202104-202123 English Linköping
ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary

Main field of study

Political Science

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level


Entry requirements

  • 60 ECTS credits passed
  • English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B)
    (Exemption from Swedish)

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • account for the origins and foundations of the Swedish political system and the Swedish welfare system,
  • describe the history of Swedish industrialism and its social and political consequences,
  • describe the historical background of the Swedish social movements, 
  • account for and analyse the Swedish foreign policy andSweden’s position in the international community,
  • account for and analyse the Swedish migration politics and integration policy,
  • describe and analyse the Swedish identity in relation to the present ethnic diversity and ethnic relations in the Swedish society,
  • use various theoretical and methodological tools for describing, analysing and comparing above-mentioned political, economic, institutional and social issues in their historical and contemporary contexts. 

Course content

The course consists of two parts:

The roots of the Swedish model, 7,5 credits
This section of the course deals with historical, ideological, and political origins of modern Sweden essential to understanding the Sweden of today. The origins of the Swedish political system and the Swedish welfare system as well as the historical processes of the Swedish industrialisation and related economic models are discussed. The historical background of Swedish foreign politics and the Swedish migration policy are also discussed in this part..

The contemporary aspects of the Swedish model, 7,5 credits 
This section of the course focuses on aspects of the political structures and institutional life of Sweden. The functioning of the welfare system in health care and social welfare. Moreover, the position of Sweden (both at EU: level and in the international community), the Swedish foreign policy and the Swedish migration politics and integration model as well as the Swedish identity in relation to the existing ethnic relations will be the discussed and analysed by various theoretical perspectives and comparative methods.

Teaching and working methods

The teaching consists of lectures and seminars. Homework and independent study are a necessary complement to the course. Language of instruction: English.


The course will be examined by written examination assignments  and active participation in the seminars. Detailed information about the examination can be found in the course’s study guide.

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 instead 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.

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.


Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling
Code Name Scope Grading scale
PAPE Paper 10 credits EC
SEM5 Seminar 1 1 credits EC
SEM6 Seminar 2 1 credits EC
SEM7 Seminar 3 1 credits EC
SEM8 Seminar 4 1 credits EC
SEM9 Seminar 5 1 credits EC


Dahlstedt, Magnus, Neergaard, Anders, (2015) International migration and ethnic relations : critical perspectives London : Routledge, 2015

ISBN: 9781138788725


Dahlstedt, M., Rudqvist, M. & Vsterberg, V. ”Citizenship: Rights, obligations and changing citizenship ideals” 

Khayati, K. & Dahlstedt, M. “Diaspora: Relationships and communities across borders"

Pierre, Jon, (2016) The Oxford handbook of Swedish politics Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016.

ISBN: 0199665672,9780199665679


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Khayati, K, Beyond the Swedish Folkhem – the position of immigrant and refugee groups in Sweden Nordiques Automne 2013
Khayati, Khalid, Dahlstedt, Magnus, Diaspora Formation Among Kurds In Sweden Nordic Journal of Migration 4(2), 2014, 57-64
Lewin, Leif,, Majoritarian and Consensus Democracy: The Swedish Experience Scandinavian Political Studies Vol. 21 - No. 3, 1998
Niklasson, Lars, Competing narratives on the European Social Model: the birth of a rhetorical alliance? L’Europe en formation nº 372 Été 2014 - Summer 2014
Rothstein, B., State Building and Capitalism: The Rise of the Swedish Bureaucracy Scandinavian Political Studies 1998 21(4), 287-306
Rothstein, B., Teorell, J., Rothstein, B., Teorell, J., Defining and measuring quality of government Good Government: The Relevance of Political Science 2012, :13-39
Svallfors, S., Worlds of welfare and attitudes to redistribution: A comparison of eight Western nations European Sociological Review 1997, 13(3):283-301
Tim Knudsen, author, Bo Rothstein, author, State Building in Scandinavia Comparative politics 1994, 203-220

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