Global Studies: Theories and Perspectives

Master’s level
15 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 22 000 SEK
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This course gives you an introduction to the discipline of Global Studies, presenting different topics, debates, and theoretical formulations that have characterized the study of globalization in the last decades. The course also showcases the cutting edge research being conducted in the School of Global Studies.


This course is focused on the development of your critical thinking and acting in the contemporary world. It provides an introduction to the discipline of Global Studies, offering perspectives from a range of disciplines, theoretical fields, and methodologies such as social anthropology, international relations, peace and development studies, regional studies, and human ecology.

You will be introduced to the concept of globalization; how the reorganization of time and place and an increased global interconnectedness affects life prospects, livelihoods, environments, gender relations, and conflict patterns all over the globe. To make sense of this process the course is arranged in themes that capture the complexity of globalization and encourages you to examine how, why and to what extent global processes impact different parts of the world. You will be introduced to an up-to-date theoretical and conceptual inquiry on globalization from a range of perspectives within and across the social sciences. Social agency and the development of new social actors and identities under global conditions will be discussed, and you will be urged to consider how the “local” and the “global” are co-produced in new and unexpected configurations through processes of transformation. Based on literature drawn from different disciplines and from examples of current research themes within the field of Global Studies the course will also provide you with a critical perspective on the development of globalization as an analytical and empirical category, and lead you to reflect critically upon the debates about global processes and the implications of different positions.

The course is structured around weekly themes which are discussed in three different manners:

  • traditional lectures, offered by scholars working on different dimensions of globalization at our school;
  • Friday seminars, in which the students organize discussions around the weekly topics;
  • and seminar papers, where you will develop your own voice and learn to position yourself critically vis-à-vis globalization as a social, historical, political, financial, environmental, and cultural phenomenon.

Prerequisites and selection


A Bachelor's degree with a minimum om 30 credits in a subject within the field of Global Studies, or equivalent competence. 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 is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 285 credits

After graduation

This is a core course on master's level within the field of Global Studies. Taking the course as part of a programme, or to complement other studies, allows you to follow different career routes, from critical to applied social sciences, working either in academic research or in various national and international agencies.