Important Dates for Spring 2020

Course literature - All Master courses spring 2020


Energy and Security (15 cred.) 

The course studies the relationship between energy and security in the international system. The emphasis is on the period after the Cold War, and even earlier periods. It discusses the various sources of energy and their actual and potential importance for the world economy: coal, oil, gas, nuclear and alternative energy sources. Today's global energy situation will be analyzed in light of security theories. A key question is whether there is a connection between global energy crises and military conflicts, and, if so, how these can be avoided.

Course coordinator: Jonathan Feldman


Economic Crises in Global History (15 cred.)

The course puts the global economic crisis 2008/2009 in a longer historical perspective. It gives historical examples on how speculation manias have been followed by financial crises. It also provides the theoretical tools needed in order to understand financial markets, entrepreneurship and crises management during processes of change? The course highlights how the actions of banks and companies during booms have resulted in profound economic crises such as those during the 1930's and 2008/2009.

Course coordinator: Lars Ahnland


A New Global Food Order (15 hp)

What happens with access to basic livelihood when local resources are increasingly mobilized for production on global markets? Food choices will be discussed in the junction between global structural forces and culturally formed ideas about nutrition, sustenance, health and taste.

Course coordinator: Ulf Jonsson and Matilda Baraibar


Democracy, Policy and Social Change (15 hp)

The object of this course is to examine grass-root organizing, and the challenge of the need for environmental sustainability vis-à-vis the economy. The course examines theories and case studies related to power accumulation in the economic, political and media realms. 

Course coordinator: Jonathan Feldman


Migration and Economic Studies 1700-2015 (15 hp)

The focus of this course is to analyse migration in different historical periods and geographical areas from different theoretical perspectives. The course is especially oriented to the  analysis of migration in relation to production, reproduction and the gendered division of labour. Local, regional as well as international migration in different time periods and geographical areas are dealt with, from the slave trade and patterns of free and forced migration during the 18th and 19th centuries, issues of identity, restrictions of flows, development and internal migration and labour today. The course highlights the implication of colonial and post-colonial formations as well as the impact of globalisation. The course treats several different theoretical perspectives and will discuss implications of gender, class, ethnicity/race, sexuality and nationality in relation to migration and work.

Course coordinator: Johan Svanberg


Master's Thesis/Essay Course in Economic History or International Relations (30 cred.)

Structure and present a scientific essay within the field of either Economic History or International Relations.

During the course the students shall:

  • Structure and present a scientific essay within the field of either Economic History or International Relations.
  • Critically evaluate different types of sources and source materials.
  • Compare, integrate and apply theories/arguments.
  • Demostrate connections between research problem, theory, method and results.
  • Defend the results orally and argue their validity.
  • Analyze and discuss the results of fellow students.

Course coordinator: Fia Sundevall

Students must have fulfilled the following courses at the advanced level: "Philosophy of Social Science" (7,5 hp) and "Qualtiative methods" (7,5 hp) and "Quantative methods", respectively (7,5 hp).


Internship in Economic History/International Relations (15 or 30 cred.)

The course will include two-month internship at an agency, company or organization - private or public. This course aims to enhance students' employability by affording them the opportunity to use their theoretical knowledge in practice. The trainee must be in consultation with employers and supervisors implement a project in which she/he applies his knowledge of the subject in an area of relevance to the labor market. The results are reported in an activity report which shall include at least 10 pages. For more information: Internship Course

Course coordinator: Jonathan Stiglund