The core subject in Political Theory is designed for students with a special interest in the theoretical, normative, and philosophical aspects of politics. The core subject is part of the MSc program offered by the Department of Political Science, and it encourages and trains students to theorize and analyze normative issues in close dialogue with the political realities of disagreement, conflict, and power.
Students who participate in the core subject will become part of an internationally renowned research group, and they will be invited to workshops and conferences with speakers from across the world. Former students affiliated with the political theory research group are now working in academia, consulting, local and national government, NGO's, and the Danish National Bank.
Structure of the core subject
The core subject in Political Theory consists of two compulsory courses which students have to take during the same autumn semester:
Autumn semester (22,5 ECTS)
A specific course description and learning outcome for each of the courses will be available after the 1st of May at http://www.kurser.ku.dk/
As a student at the MSc in Political Science you can choose to write your master’s thesis (30 ECTS) within the field of your chosen core subject:
Semester 2 (30 ECTS)
This gives you the right to add the following to your title:
- With specialization in Political Theory
Training in political theory enhances the ability to think analytically and creatively, as well as the ability to write clearly and logically. These competencies are valued and in high demand on the job market.
Students who participate in the core subject in Political Theory will be invited to a number of activities outside the classroom. The aim of these activities is to strengthen the academic and social relations among students and professors. Student who participate in the core subject are also encouraged to attend the events organized by the student group Suveræn.
Registration for the core subject
You can only register after you have been admitted to the MSc in Political Science.
You register through Self Service in the course registration periods.
In the ordinary course registration period, students will as far as possible get a seat at their first priority. If, however, it isn’t possible due to insufficient resources, students are assigned a seat in the core subject by drawing lots. Students are guaranteed to get a seat at their second priority. Therefore, when signing up make sure to make 2 priorities.
In the post-registration period, students are assigned seats at the core subjects in accordance with first come, first served.
If you have any academic questions regarding the core subject, please contact Professor MSO Lars Tønder. If you have any practical questions regarding registration for courses, exams or how to plan your study, please contact the Student Advisory Service.
Said About The Specialization
"The specialization in political theory was the best part of my political science education. It challenges you to reflect critically on the important issues of current day democracy and teaches you to examine political problems from multiple angles and to think and argue rigorously. I have found these analytical tools very useful in all my other courses in the department as well as in my current post-graduation position. The best part about the specialization, though, was the dedicated students and teachers – it was truly an inspiring learning environment.”
- Kathrine Frøslev-Thomsen, SPT student, autumn 2017
"The Specialization in Political Theory has given me a great sense of direction for my master's programme in Political Science and it has opened the doors to a great academic environment. The study of political theory with the dedicated students and professors of the specilaization has made up a challenging semester, and it has given me the tools to deal with the hard questions of contemporary society."
- Bjarke Barkholt, SPT student, spring 2017.
"The Specialization in Political Theory is great! The two courses complement each other nicely and allow you to access the same field with different foci and methods. The feeling of ‘belonging’ in a class is also great; you see the same people three times a week and you participate in seminars organized by the department."
- Laura Svanholm Andersen, SPT student, spring 2016.
"The Specialization in Political Theory gave me a completely new toolset to analyze and observe modern political dilemmas. The courses on the political works of, for example, John Rawls were great. And the professors are dedicated and interested in the discussion of complicated matters. I definitely recommend the specialization to other students."
- Anders Kroman Liin, SPT student, spring 2016.