Entry requirements: Bachelor's degree including 90 credits in Political Science as the main field of study, and English B or equivalent.
Selection: On the basis of previous university credits. Between 30 and 285 credits may be taken into account.
- Application AS13 week 35-39, fulltime100%, day. Application code: SH-43057
Empirical Political Theory
Course 7,5 credits
The aim of the course is to offer an overview of the fields of political theory that can be described as realist or empirical. The underlying connection to normative theory is touched on. A distinction is made between political theory and political science theory. The former poses ontological and epistemological questions about the place, forms and driving forces of politics and the state, while the latter develops theories – focused on particular sub-fields - of more immediate relevance for empirical study. Three main axiomatic approaches are discerned at both these levels: one with central assertions with regard to language, concepts and ideas; one with central assertions on the individual, rationality and preferences; and, finally, one with central assertions on the material prerequisites for state and politics. These three perspectives are in many ways at odds with each other. We focus on the first two perspectives in the seminars. Classic and original texts are read and discussed, along with one or two recent doctoral theses in Political Science.
The below information comes from the syllabus and is valid from: spring semester 2013
The course is taught through a series of seminars.
On completition of the course, students will have acquired
* the ability to to identify and critically appraise the major theoretical traditions within political science
* deepened knowledge of a specific areas of political-science theory and, moreover, some particular problem within it
* familiarity with some of the better examples of doctoral thesis produced at Swedish political scientists in recent years
The course is examined through satisfactory participation in course seminars, including written assignments, and an essay on a chosen topic.
Grading criteria will be distributed at course/module start.
The above information and syllabus are based on the most recently validated decision. Please contact the Study Information Desk for information about earlier versions of the syllabus.
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