Master's Programme in European Studies, Social Science Track
The social science track of the Master’s Programme in European Studies deals with key European challenges and dilemmas: economic and political integration; environmental management and conflicts; the rights and obligations of European citizenship; and levels of access to European citizenship. Major economic, political, and social challenges are increasingly being met with European solutions, and Europe is developing a single voice on the global stage. Do you want to learn more about the impact of Europe?
This programme provides deep knowledge about current salient policy issues and dominating theories within the European studies field. European integration affects economic, legal, political, and social conditions; for this reason, the programme is hosted by the Centre for European Studies, which has a unique and long-held competence in interdisciplinary European studies. Our teaching staff comes from economics, the humanities, law, and the social sciences, and we cooperate closely with the Centre for European Research at the University of Gothenburg, ensuring our teaching is connected to current research. We dedicate a full semester to your master’s thesis, and you will have access to mentors involved in a diversity of research areas.
Focus on your personal interests
You will explore a broad range of topics, including political, historical, ideational, cultural, economic, and social aspects of contemporary Europe. One semester is dedicated to your choice of an internship or elective courses. An internship allows you the opportunity to put the theoretical knowledge you acquire during the programme into practice, and we have a history of students pursuing successful internships at major European Union institutions, the United Nations, foreign ministries, and other public and private organizations and companies. If you want to deepen your focus in academia, you may alternatively choose elective courses. Lastly, we offer four methods specializations that you can choose from according to your ambitions.
We collaborate with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the United States, Fudan University in Shanghai, Charles University in Prague, Sciences Po in Paris, and Konstanz University in Germany. In December of your first year, you can apply for the double degree track with Fudan University. If accepted, you will study the second year at the School of International Relations and Public Affairs at Fudan University in Shanghai, and receive a master’s degree from each university. You may also apply directly to the double degree track with Konstanz University in Germany or the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the United States, both of which follow the same timeline.
Why choose the social science track?
In the social science track, we provide you with a deep understanding of the research community’s efforts to study the European Union, including critical analysis of important research in European studies. Furthermore, you will gain thorough knowledge of the complex process of creating a single internal market, and you will analyse problems that have arisen and the interplay between formal legal restrictions, economic functions of the single market, and the political policy-making process.
Programme structure and content
The first semester consists of three mandatory courses: European Heritage and Identity, European Integration: Current Research and Theory and Integrating European Markets.
In the second semester, you can choose elective courses in Sweden or abroad, or do an internship for a half or full semester.
In the third semester, you choose one of the following semi-elective courses: Social Europe, European Environment or Europe in the World. Then, you choose among the following four methods courses: Applied Statistical Analysis, Applied Qualitative Research Methods, Applied Qualitative Research Methods, Problems and Design, Introduction to Applied Research Design and Quantitative Research Methods for Social Scientists. The last semester is dedicated to your master’s thesis.