Freestanding course, Bachelor’s level
30 hp
Malmö daytime 100%
18 January 2021 - 6 June 2021
Full tuition fee: 39000 SEK

About the course

The general aim of the course is that students should be able to further develop their analytical competence for independent analysis and reflection regarding complex issues in the field of international relations.

Course content

The course consists of two modules.

Module 1. Critical Assessment of Selected Literature and the Research Process, 15 credits

This module consists of two interrelated parts.

The first part consists of selecting and critically assessing of the relevant literature for the thesis in module 2 together with a supervisor. The main learning activities are self-study, independent critical reflection, and group discussions.

The second part consists in selecting the appropriate method for the thesis in module 2. This part of the module builds on the IR II methods module. The learning activities focus on the following main areas: (1) philosophy of science in relation to concrete research in International Relations; (2) the interrelationship between the different elements of the scientific research process; and (3) the aspect of critical self-reflection in International Relations research. The module requires self-study of literature, and student participation in seminars and lectures. It is examined through written assignments.

Module 2. Thesis, 15 credits

This module consists of individual thesis work (15 credits). The student chooses his/her thesis subject in collaboration with a supervisor. The learning activities of the module include design of a research plan, text seminars, supervision, and examination seminar.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements

International Relations, 31-60 hp.


University credits completed 100%

Course literature

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).