Political Science: Social Science Methods for Global Politics


Admission requirements

23.5 credits within the programme Political Science: Global Politics and Societal Change, Master’s Programme (One-Year) or within the programme Political Science: Global Politics, Master’s Programme


Syllabus for students spring 2021, spring 2020

Course Code:
ST624L revision 1
Swedish name:
Statsvetenskap: Samhällsvetenskapliga metoder för global politik
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
Political Science
Date of ratification:
14 September 2018
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
21 January 2019

Entry requirements

23.5 credits within the programme Political Science: Global Politics and Societal Change, Master’s Programme (One-Year) or within the programme Political Science: Global Politics, Master’s Programme

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

The course is part of the main field of study Political Science at advanced level and meets the degree requirements for the degree of Master, main field of study Political Science.


The purpose of this course is to prepare students to write an independent thesis.


The course is preparatory for the thesis and focuses on the appropriate use of theory and methods in writing a Master’s thesis. The course pays particular attention to developing their ability to read research literature and to conduct an advanced literature review. It is designed to help train students as both researchers in academia, as well as in other fields of professional life. The course content includes critical discussions of research in the field of global political studies as well as techniques of communicating social science research issues.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course Social Science Methods for Global Politics, students should be able to:

  1. Critically consider different methodological choices and make use of appropriate research methods in the study of global politics, even with limited information,
  2. Critically identify and discuss theoretical issues in the formulation of research questions and to support the choice of method,
  3. Collect and systematize appropriate materials within a given area of research,
  4. Analyze and evaluate the empirical data with regard to relevant scientific, social and ethical aspects,
  5. Produce written and oral presentation of research results.

Learning activities

Teaching is offered in the form of lectures and seminars. In addition, the students will organise and lead discussion workshops as part of an active learning environment.


Assessment will focus on the ability of students to: demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of research methods, and data collection and analysis relevant to Global Political Studies. Assessment is based upon both active participation within seminars, including presentations, and the successful completion of written assignments, including a state-of-the art literature review.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

  • Halperin, Sandra & Oliver Heath (2012) Political Research. Methods and Practical Skills, Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Hammond, Michael and Jerry Welllington (2012) Research Methods: The Key Concepts. London: Routledge. ONLINE ACCESS VIA MAU LIBRARY
  • Roselle, Laura and Sharon Spray (2011) Research and Writing in International Relations. Second edition. London: Pearson
  • Additional material of up to 150 pages.

Course evaluation

The University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).

Interim rules

If a course is no longer offered or has undergone major changes, students will be offered a minimum of two re-take sessions based on the syllabus in force at registration during a period of one year from the date of the implementation of the changes.


The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the Department of Global Political Studies.

Further information

GPSstudent - Malmö universitet,
Jon Wittrock, Course Coordinator
Phone: 040-6657532


29 March 2021 - 06 June 2021 Day-time 100% Malmö This course is offered as part of a program