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Varieties of Democracy and Democratization

Master's level | 15 credits | Course code: SK2222
Spring 2020
100% Day
Period: 26 March 2020 - 7 June 2020
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Course

In the wake of the Cold War, the word ‘democracy’ has begun to sound like a mantra, but what does it really mean? There is no consensus about how to conceptualize and measure it well enough to support meaningful and accurate comparisons through time and across countries. For policymakers, activists, academics, and citizens around the world, how democracy is conceptualized and measured matters. There is a large body of work in social science that deals with these issues, i.e., the nature, causes, consequences, and trajectories of democracy around the world. This course deals with the dynamics of democratization from the perspective of theoretical debates, and with analysis of historical experiences as well as with immediate policy questions. The course scrutinizes how democracy has been conceptualized, measured, even explained, and offers the opportunity to analyze comparative case studies and to provide in-depth analysis on the themes covered.   

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Requirements and Selection

Requirements: Admission to the course requires a minimum of 15 credits at the second cycle from either one or a combination of courses SK2111 'Perspectives on Politics' and SK2121 'Political Science Analysis' or a minimum of 15 credits from courses the first semester in one of the programmes Master's Programme in European Studies or Master's Programme in International Administration and Global Governance and 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: 21 003 SEK
First payment: 21 003 SEK

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

Study Guidance

Student counsellor, +46 31 786 1189,


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