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Exchange studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences

At the Faculty of Social Sciences you find a wide range of courses offered to exchange students, on subjects such as psychology, environment, communication, political science, and more.

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The University of Gothenburg is following the Swedish Government's and Public Health Authority's recommendations regarding measures to reduce the spread of infections. This means for international students that they, as a general rule, will be offered a mix of on campus and digital studies.

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Semesters in quarters

The study term is divided in four quarters. Full time studies means studying 7,5 credits each quarter, adding up to 30 credits for the full term. Some of our courses are part-time, which means that it takes two quarters to finish a 7,5 credit course, but that you can study another 7,5 credit part-time course in the same quarter.

Bachelor's level courses

Please find below courses offered, divided per term. Note that the courses have different pre-requisites, which are stated in the course syllabus. Faculty of Social Sciences exchange students can choose freely from the courses offered below, provided that you meet the pre-requisites.

Courses offered for the following academic year are usually published here in late March/early April. The course offer can be subject to change.

Master's level courses

Exchange students applying for master's level courses need a bachelor or equivalent. Most of the courses are given within a master programme. Especially in the spring, classes will have pre-requisites at the master level. Courses are subject to a minimum number of participants and may be withdrawn if there aren't enough students. These courses also have a limited number of seats open to exchange students. For these reasons, it is very important to note a second choice when selecting courses.

Note that courses are only applicable for students where the agreement specifies that the exchange may be at the master's level. Also it is required that you fulfill the specific pre-requisites for each course.

Courses spring term 2021

Course syllabus are linked via course code in the list below. Note that all courses are subject to change or cancellation, for example in cases of low enrollment.

NB: Courses for exchange students offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences will be offered as remote courses during the spring semester 2021.

 

Spring semester 2021: 18 January - 6 June

  • Quarter 1: 18 January - 18 February
  • Quarter 2: 19 February - 24 March
  • Quarter 3: 25 March - 29 April
  • Quarter 4: 30 April - 6 June

 

QUARTER 1

(Comparing Media Systems around the World, 7.5 credits)
Course code: MK1604
Department of journalism, media and communication
NB: This course has been canceled for the spring semester.

 

Swedish Politics in a Comparative Perspective, 7.5 credits
Course code: SK1137
Department of political science
NB: This course will be canceled if the enrollment rate is too low.

 

QUARTER 1 - 2

Practical EU knowledge, 15 credits
Course code: EU1400
Department of Political Science

Group psychology, innovation and intercultural perspectives, 15 credits
Course code: PX1112
Department of psychology

Global Gender Studies: Discourses and Theories on Power and Politics, 15 credits
Course code: GS1215
School of global studies

 

QUARTER 2

Delegation to the executive: dilemmas and institutional solutions, 7,5 credits
Course code: SK1216
Department of political science
NB: Mixed mode learning course. This course combines distance learning and face-to-face teaching on campus.
 

Global Cities, 7.5 credits
Course code: MU1625
Department of global studies

Globalization and organizing, 7,5 credits
Course code: PV1238
Department of Sociology and Work Science

 

QUARTER 3

Global Studies: Key Concepts, 7.5 credits
Course code: GS1621
Department of global studies

Democracy and the European Union, 7.5 credits
Course code: EU1141
Department of political science

 

QUARTER 3 - 4

Local and Global Social Movements, 15 credits
Course code: SC1215
Department of sociology and work science

Global Gender Studies: Political Economies and Space, 15 credits
Course code: GS1216
School of global studies

 

QUARTER 4

Opinions in a Mediatized Society. PR, Journalism and Public Opinion, 7.5 credits
Course code: MK1603
Department of journalism, media and communication

Global perspectives in Social Work , 7.5 credits
Course code: SW1118
Department of social work

Course syllabus are linked via course code in the list below.

  • Note: that all courses are subject to change or cancellation, for example in cases of low enrollment.
  • Note also: Almost all of these courses have pre-requisites and require that you have earned at least 15 credits at the master level in a related field.

Courses for exchange students offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences will be offered as remote courses during the spring semester 2021.
 

Spring semester 2021: 18 January - 6 June

  • Quarter 1: 18 January - 18 February
  • Quarter 2: 19 February - 24 March
  • Quarter 3: 25 March - 29 April
  • Quarter 4: 30 April - 6 June

QUARTER 1 - 2

Globalization, poverty and international social work, 15 credits
Course code: SW2277
Department of social work

The Quality of Government in a Comparative Perspective, 15 credits
Course code: SK2212
Department of political science

Citizens, Politicians and the Media: Evaluating Democratic Processes, 15 credits
Course code: SF2222
Department of political science

Migration, Power and Identity, 15 credits
Course code: SA2233
School of global studies

Sustainable Development: Conflicts, Communication and Collaboration, 15 credits
Course code: HE2234
School of global studies

Global Security and Democracy, 15 credits
Course code: SF2221
School of global studies

The Global Political Economy, 15 credits
Course code: IR2232
School of global studies

 

QUARTER 1 - 4

Legal Psychology: Current Research, 15 credits
Course code: PX2104
Department of psychology
Note: 50% Study pace

Social Psychology, 15 credits
Course code: PX2105
Department of psychology
Note: 50% Study pace

 

QUARTER 3

Social Science as Expertise and Social Scientists as Experts, 7.5 credits
Course code: SC2208
Department of sociology and work science

 

QUARTER 3 - 4

Adaptation to Global Environmental change, 15 credits
Course code: HE2233
School of global studies

Global Migration and Security, 15 credits
Course code: GS2235
School of global studies

Perspectives and Theories in Conflict Resolution, 15 credits
Course code: IK2231
School of global studies

Global Politics Heritage 15 credits
Course code: SA2234
School of global studies

Varieties of Democracy and Democratization, 15 credits
Course code: SK2222
Department of Political Science

Environmental Politics and Institutions, 15 credits
Course code: SK2221
Department of Political Science

 

QUARTER 4

Emotions in organizations, 7.5 credits
Course code: SC2209
Department of sociology and work science

Managing Migration from Entry to Integration:Policy and Administrative Challenges, 7.5 credits
Course code: FH2226
School of public administration

Courses autumn term 2020

Course syllabus are linked via course code in the list below. Note that all courses are subject to change or cancellation, for example in cases of low enrollment. Q+number after the date shows the quarter(s) the course is held.

Comparing Media Systems Around the World, 7.5 credits
Course code: MK1604
August 31 - September 30 (Q1)
Department of journalism, media and communication

NOTE: This course is also offered spring semester 2021

Swedish Politics in a Comparative Perspective, 7,5 credits
Course code: SK1137
August 31 - September 30 (Q1)
Department of political science

NOTE: This course is also offered spring semester 2021

Introduction to international relations, 15 credits
Course code: IR1111
August 31 - November 2 (Q1-2)
School of global studies

Global Gender Studies: Perspectives on Sex and Gender, 15 credits
Course code: GS1115
August 31 - November 2 (Q1-2)
School of global studies

Delegation to the Executive: Dilemmas and Institutional solutions, 7.5 credits
Course code: SK1216
October 1 - November 2 (Q2)
Department of political science

Foreign Policy Analysis, 7.5 credits
Course code: SK1136
November 3 - December 3 (Q3)
Department of political science

International Relations: Conflict in Global Order, 15 credits
Course code: IR1112
November 3 - January 17 (Q3-4)
School of global studies

Global Gender Studies: Agency and Structure, 15 credits
Course code: GS1116
November 3 - January 17 (Q3-4)
School of global studies

Swedish Environmental Politics in a Comparative Perspective, 7.5 credits
Course code: SK1139
December 4 - January 17 (Q4)
Department of political science

Opinions in a Mediatized Society. PR, Journalism and Public Opinion, 7.5 credits
Course code: MK1603
December 4 - January 17 (Q4)
Department of journalism, media and communication

NOTE: This course is only offered autumn semester 2020 if more than 14 students register for the course.This course is also offered spring semester 2021

Global perspectives in social work , 7.5 credits
Course code: SW1118 
December 4 - January 17 (Q4)
Department of social work

NOTE: This course is only offered autumn semester 2020 if more than 4 students register for the course. This course is also offered spring semester 2021

Russia between Past and Future, 15 credits
Course code: EU1150
August 31- January 17
Department of political science

NOTE: Study pace 50%, late afternoon

Practical EU-knowledge, 15 credits
Course code: EU1400
August 31 - January 17
Department of political science

NOTE: Study pace 50%, late afternoon

Course syllabus are linked via course code in the list below. Note that all courses are subject to change or cancellation, for example in cases of low enrollment. Q+number after the date shows the quarter(s) the course is held.

Note also: Almost all of these courses have pre-requisites and require that you have earned at least 15 credits at the master level in a related field.

Global Studies: Theories and Perspectives, 15 credits
Course code: GS2121
August 31 - November 2 (Q1-2)
School of global studies

Research Design and Methods, 15 credits
Course code: GS2321
August 31 - November 2 (Q1-2)
School of global studies

Theoretical and Historical Perspectives on Global Governance, 15 credits
Course code: AG2110
August 31 - November 2 (Q1-2)
Department of political science

Contemporary Sociological Analyses and Horizons, 15 credits
Course code: SC2101
August 31 - November 2 (Q1-2)
Department of Sociology and Work Science

Social Change, 15 credits
Course code: SC2205
August 31 - November 2 (Q1-2)
Department of Sociology and Work Science

Political Science Analysis, 15 credits
Course code: SK2121
August 31 - November 2 (Q1-2)
Department of political science

Central and Eastern Europe: fully European or the European other?, 15 credits
Course code: EU2131
August 31 - November 2 (Q1-2)
Department of political science

Social Europe, 15 credits
Course code: EU2220
August 31 - November 2 (Q1-2)
Department of political science

European Environment and Energy, 15 credits
Course code: EU2210
August 31 - November 2 (Q1-2)
Department of political science

Europe in the World, 15 credits
Course code: EU2215
August 31 - November 2 (Q1-2)
Department of political science

Social Work, Service User's Participation and Organization, 15 credits
Course code: SW2275
August 31 - November 2 (Q1-2)
Department of social work 

The Performance of Democracies, 15 credits
Course code: SK2211
August 31 - November 2 (Q1-2)
Department of political science

Global Studies: Thematic Issues, 15 credits
Course code: GS2122
November 3 - January 17 (Q3-4)
School of global studies

International Administration and Policy, 15 credits
Course code: AG2120
November 3 - January 17 (Q3-4)
Department of political science

Applied Qualitative Research Methods, 15 credits
Course code: SF2322
November 3 - January 17 (Q3-4)
Department of Sociology and Work Science

Applied Qualitative Research Methods, problems and design, 15 credits
Course code: SF2323
November 3 - January 17 (Q3-4)
Department of political science

Introduction to Applied Research Design and Quantitative Research Methods for Social Scientists, 15 credits
Course code: SF2324
November 3 - January 17(Q3-4)
Department of political science

Managing Migration from Entry to Integration: Policy and Administrative Challenges, 7,5 credits
Course code: FH2226
December 4 - January 17 (Q4)
School of public administration

NOTE: This course is also offered spring semester 2021

Environmental Psychology, 15 credits
Course code: PX2151
August 31 - January 17 (Q1-4)
Department of Psychology

NOTE: 50% study pace

Psychological perspectives on economic behavior, 15 credits
Course code: PX2115
August 31 - January 17 (Q1-4)
Department of Psychology

NOTE: 50% study pace

Rebuilding Europe: a Cross-Country Collaboration 7,5 credits
Course code: EU2411
August 31 - January 17 (Q1-4)
Department of political science

NOTE: 25% study pace, late afternoon

European Heritage and Identity, 10 credits
Course code: EU2112
Period: August 31 –September 30
Department of political science

European Integration: current research and theory, 10 credits
Course code: EU2113
Period: October 1 – November 2
Department of political science

European Borderlands, 10 credits
Course code: EU2114
Period: October 1 – November 2
Department of political science

Integrating European Markets, 10 credits
Course code: EU2122
Period: November 3 - December 3
Department of political science

Political and public spheres and spaces in European history and culture, 10 credits
Course code: EU2123
Period: November 3 - December 3
Department of political science

Additional information

Exchange students are guaranteed a seat in the Faculty's courses

Though, the 30 credit guarantee only applies to courses at bachelor's level, full study pace, and for students arriving on bachelor's level agreements with the Faculty of Social Sciences or one of its departments. Changes after deadline of application are not possible.

Official nomination

No applications for studies or courses will be considered until we have received the official nomination from your home university that you have been selected and accepted to come to the Faculty of Social Sciences or one of its departments under an active exchange agreement.  Your exchange and application are not approved until officially accepted by the host department at University of Gothenburg.

However, we cannot guarantee specific courses or subject areas. Each course has a maximum number of participants, and some are quite small. Therefore, it is important to provide a first and second choice for every period.

It is NOT advisable to study more than one course during the same period, since lectures might collide and the workload would be too heavy.

Priority

In the event more students choose a specific course than there are spots, priority will be given to students arriving on an agreement with the department giving the course.

Please note, too, that existing courses may, for various reasons, be withdrawn from the list, while new courses may be added. We will, of course, attempt to keep visiting students informed of such changes.

For students coming for the full academic year, be advised that many of the courses held in the autumn semester are repeated in the spring; this may restrict some of your choices.

Supporting documents

Be sure to upload your supporting documentation proving that you fulfill the requirements in the Second Cycle in your online application (undergraduate grade report; proof of undergraduate degree; grade and/or registration report at graduate level).

Other courses

You may apply to one course (7,5 credits, or, exceptionally, 15 credits) offered at another faculty. However, you are not guaranteed a seat in those courses. Therefore, in your learning agreement, you should give priority to the courses offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences, since the exchange agreement has been signed between your home university and a department at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Gothenburg.

Nordplus students

Students arriving on Nordplus agreements are primarily to take courses given in Swedish (or at the graduate/second cycle level). Please contact your host department coordinator to access this curriculum.