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Foreign Policy Analysis

Bachelor's level | 7.5 credits | Course code: SK1136
Autumn 2020
100% Day
Period: 3 November 2020 - 3 December 2020
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Course

What are main factors that explain foreign policy decisions, actions and outcomes? Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA) is a field of study that provides a distinct answer to this question based on actor-specific theorizing. FPA is located in between international and comparative politics. It encourages an examination of foreign policy at different levels of analysis, ranging from the individual (perceptions and beliefs), the state (regime type, bureaucracy, public opinion) to the system level (balance of power and global governance). This course is aimed to give students the tools to analyse, interpret and explain the dynamics of foreign policy in individual and comparative cases, as well as to relate foreign policy to broader international developments at the global level. While it is mainly focused on the foreign policy of states, the course also considers the rise of new and non-state actors, like the European Union. The lectures will introduce students to the main theories and concepts in Foreign Policy Analysis, while the seminars will examine the foreign policy process and action in specific case studies.

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Requirements and Selection

Requirements: A successful completion of a minimum of  60 credits Social sciences, or equivalent. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.

Selection: Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full course cost: 10 625 SEK
First payment: 10 625 SEK

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

Study Guidance

Studievägledare, 031 7861189,


Department of Political Science
Box 711
40530 Göteborg
Visiting address: Sprängkullsgatan 19

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Utskriftsdatum: 2020-07-06