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Approaches to Political Science

Welcome! You have been admitted to the course Approaches to Political Science at the Department of Political Science. Here you will find important information about the course start and registration. You will also find some more information about the course, the university and life as a student in Umeå. If you have questions, you are welcome to contact us using the contact form. We wish you a warm welcome and hope that you will enjoy your period of studies here in Umeå!

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  • 2. Register on the course

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    You need to be registered for the course in the study documentation system to be able to follow the course and to get your results recorded during the course. Online registration is open between August 24 and August 31, 2020. If you do not register, you risk losing your place.

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  • 3. Course start

    August 31

    Time: 9:15

    Location: S309

    Schedule is published here no later than 30 days before the start of the course

    The introduction to Approaches to Political Science takes place on Monday August 31 at 09.15 in s309. The course consists of six sections. Each section is devoted to a particular theoretical approach of which three are compulsory, institutional theory, rational choice and post-structuralism, and three are selected by the students together with the lecturer during the introduction. It is therefore important that you attend the introduction in order to have a say in the choice of approaches and for us to be able to divide responsibility for them in the group. The schedule, study guide and syllabus (including the list of literature) are available on Cambro, the course platform. Make sure you have the literature for the compulsory approaches when the course starts.

    This course is planned to take place on campus, recommendations that concern social distancing must therefore be respected and followed. However, due to Covid-19, teaching formats can change. Make sure to update yourself on the latest information from the university, the Public Health Agency and the course instructor. If we are unable to meet on campus on August 31, you will be invited to a Zoom-meeting for the introductory lecture. The invitation will be available on the course platform, please make sure to check information on that platform on August 28 at the latest.

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    The course is structured around student led presentations and seminars. If we cannot meet on campus, make sure you have familiarized yourself with Zoom and learn how to share your screen before the course starts:


About the course

  • Course information

    The aim of the course is to deepen the student's knowledge and understanding of current theoretical approaches in political science. The course consists of six sections devoted to a particular theoretical approach, for example institutional theory, rational choice and post structuralism. The instruction is conducted through seminars, presentations, and individual papers.

    Individual study is a central part of the course, so please make sure to have access to the course literature already at the start of the course.

  • Learning Platform Cambro

    For this course we use the learning platform Cambro. There you will find all you need, for example the schedule, instructions for seminars, a list of course participants, and notices from the teacher. This is also where you hand in your own work.

    To be able to log into Cambro you need an activated user account (Umu-id).

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