Master’s studies

Syllabus for Bachelor Programme in Peace and Development Studies

Kandidatprogram i freds- och utvecklingsstudier

Entry Requirements

Civics 1b/1a1+1a2, or English B, Civics A

Aim

The Bachelor Programme in Peace and Development Studies is an internationally oriented, interdisciplinary programme in peace and conflict studies and development studies. The programme provides a basic knowledge of both peace and conflict studies and development studies and in-depth knowledge in the chosen major field of study. In addition to in-depth studies, links between the processes that are at the centre of the two subjects are highlighted to provide a holistic view of these processes and how the processes interact. The focus is to provide students with a nuanced analytical perspective to the overall change in different national and regional contexts.

Within the programme the student is given the opportunity to build a programme with an international profile that suits their own interests and goals. Furthermore, the student will have the opportunity to choose elective courses among internationally oriented courses in economics, law, area studies and languages. Students may also have the opportunity for a semester of internship.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the programme the student will have specific and thorough knowledge of the chosen main field of study as well as orientation in the programme's other main field of study. The student will also have acquired knowledge and skills that form the basis for social science approach and methodology.

After completing the programme the student will

  • have basic knowledge in peace and conflict studies and development studies
  • have a thorough knowledge in their chosen main field of study, either peace and conflict studies or development studies
  • individually be able to solve simple problems in the different disciplines and be able to recognise and define more complex problems in any of the other disciplines
  • be able to analyse key issues related to peace and development processes
  • be able to gather relevant social science material on research and research issues
  • have acquired the ability to critically examine and evaluate primary and secondary materials
  • have a thorough knowledge in social science qualitative and quantitatve methods
  • have a proven abilitity to independently write and defend a thesis

Layout of the Programme

The programme is structured so that students have as many joint classes as possible. The programme begins with studying Peace and Conflict Studies and Development Studies in sequence (semester 1 and 2). During this basic block of studies on A-level students acquire basic knowledge of Peace and Conflict Studies and Development Studies and their research profiles.

During semester 3 those who want to deepen their knowledge in Peace and Conflict Studies will take courses in their minor field of study. During semesters 4 and 5 the B and C courses will follow. Those who want to deepen their knowledge in Development Studies will study the B course during semester 3 or 4, followed by courses in the minor field of study during semester 3 or 4. During semester 5 they study the C course.

In both orientations those who want to do an internship will do that during semester 6. Internship is not mandatory. Others will conclude their training with an optional course.

See below for the curriculum for students in each subject.

Peace and Conflict Studies A, B, C (30+30+30=90 credits)
Development Studies A, B, C (30+30+30=90 credits)
Minor Field of Study (15+15=30 credits)
Internship (30 credits) or Elective course (30 credits)
With two A courses in each subject, this adds up to 180 credits.

STRUCTURE
Progress in the programme would then look like this:

Peace and Conflict Studies as major field of study
Year 1 Autumn: Peace and Conflict Studies A
Spring: Development Studies
Year 2 Autumn: Optional Course
Spring: Peace and Conflict Studies B
Year 3 Autumn: Peace and Conflict Studies C
Spring: Internship/Optional

Development Studies
Year 1 Autumn: Peace and Conflict Studies A
Spring: Development Studies A
Year 2 Autumn: Development Studies B/Optional course
Spring:Development Studies B/Optional Course
Year 3 Autumn: Development Studies C
Spring: Internship/Optional

Instruction

The programme is mainly based on lectures and seminars. The number of lectures vary but are between four and eight hours a week. Some lectures will include guest speakers from work life. The rest of the time is dedicated to studying of literature and preparation for seminars. Most of the courses and textbooks on the programme are in English regardless of orientation. This means room for a thorough knowledge of English and getting accustomed to speaking and writing and discussing the issues of peace and development. Afer the Bachelor's thesis it is a possible choice of internship during one semester.

Degree

The Bachelor Programme in Peace and Development Studies will lead to a Bachelor degree in the chosen main field of study. A Bachelor degree comprises a total of 180 credits, of which at least 90 must be in the main field of study, whereof 15 credits an independent project. In addition a minor field of at least 30 credits must be included.

Other Directives

The departments in the programme guaranteee the students to continue and complete there studies on the courses named as minor subjects in this syllabus. The programme does not provide a guarantee on other courses which are chosen as electives in the minor subject.

Syllabus(es)