Political and Public Spheres and Spaces in European History and Culture
No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.
This course is about public, private and secret spheres in the European past and present. We will discuss the differences between public, political and private spheres through a historical perspective and until the present.
Squares, palaces, cafés, and social media – spheres of power, protest, and deliberation. The Political and Public Spheres and Spaces in European History and Culture course problematizes the emergence and political significance of the public sphere and its’ relation to the private and secret spheres in European past and present.
By tracing the forms of ‘public sphere’ from its Greek & Roman origins, through medieval and early modern palaces and ceremonies, into such modern phenomena such as mass protests, state censorship, inclusive/exclusory planning of urban space, scientific debate, and digital piracy the course offers a comprehensive view on politics as a sphere of contention and opinion formation.
The course delivers a carefully chosen array of perspectives of different humanist disciplines with teachers recruited from a broad range of subjects. Representatives from different academic disciplines will participate in the course as teachers, which provides students with insights into the theoretical and practical experiences of different fields within European studies.
Prerequisites and selection
The entry requirements for admission to the course is a Bachelor's degree of 180 credits, with a minimum of 90 credits in consecutive courses in a social sciences discipline, humanities discipline or equivalent. Students at the Law programme are also eligible the course after three years of studies (180 credits, equivalent of a bachelor degree). 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 165 credits.
The Department of Political Science is located in Campus Haga, which lies right in the centre of the city of Gothenburg