Freestanding course, Bachelor’s level
30 hp
Malmö daytime 100%
30 August 2021 - 16 January 2022
Applications open 15 March

About the course

This course is an introduction to dominant theoretical approaches and current research debates within the discipline of International Relations. The aim of the course is to acquire basic knowledge of and ability how to use concepts and theories within IR to analyze and interpret power relations, international norms and other prominent phenomena within world politics.

Course content

The course consists of three modules that operate together to provide an introduction to the field of International Relations.

Module 1: Theory of International Relations (12,5 credits)

The first module, ‘International Relations Theory’, focuses on current and classical theoretical debate within IR and how IR has developed as an academic discipline.

Module 2: Issues in Global Politics (10 credits)

The second module, ‘Issues in Global Politics’, analyses prevailing trends in global politics and their historical background, for example: evolving debates in IR about economic and sustainable development; the environment; security; gender; globalisation; and foreign policy.

Module 3: Researching and Studying International Relations (7,5 credits)

The third module ‘Researching and Studying IR’ provides a platform for training students’ competencies in engaging with academic texts and research, introduces them to basic methodological approaches, and develops their skills in producing academic work.

The three modules are run concurrently.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements

General entry requirements + English B.

Merit rating is calculated based on Swedish upper secondary grades achieved, according to specific entry requirement 6/A6.


Swedish upper secondary grades 40%, University credits completed 20%, Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (SweSAT) 40%

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).


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