Course Syllabus for

Introduction to Policy Studies
Introduktion till policystudier

VTS010F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Autumn 2022
Decided by: Gudbjörg Erlingsdóttir
Date of establishment: 2022-09-09

General Information

Division: Technology and Society
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching language: English


The aim of the course is to give the Ph D students an introduction and overview of the main theories and methods in policy studies, an insight into specific policy studies in areas such as climate, environment, energy and transport, and practical knowledge of how to conduct policy studies within their field of research.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must Show ability to discuss and reflect on the choice of theories and methods within policy studies

Course Contents

The course consists of reading, lectures, literature seminars, written reflections on literature and the carrying out of a policy study in the student’s own field of research. A main part of the course consists of reading literature within policy studies. The literature is discussed at seminars and the students should hand in written reflections on the literature. At the end of the course the students carry out a policy study in the student’s own field of research.

Course Literature

Weible and Sabatier (ed.) (2017) Theories of the policy process, Routledge.
A complete literature list is provided at the start of the course.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, seminars, project, self-study literature review. The course consists mainly of reading and seminars and demands an active participation from the participants

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written assignments, miscellaneous. Active participation in seminars. Mandatory participation (minimum 80% attendance). Written reflections on literature. 2-4 smaller written reflections (1-2 pages) and discussion in seminar. Policy study in the student’s own field of research. 4-6 pages written report, oral presentation, opposition of another report.
Grading scale: Failed, pass
Examiner: Senior lecturer Max Åhman

Admission Details

Admission requirements: Enrolled in one of the following PhD subjects: Technology and Society (TETOSF00), Transport and Road Technology (TEVTTF02), Environmental and Energy Systems Studies (TEFMIF00) or Real Estate Science (TEVFTF00).
Assumed prior knowledge: None

Further Information

Minimum of three students are required for the course.

Course Occasion Information

Start date: 2023-01-16. Start date is approximate.
Course pace: Full time

Contact and Other Information

Course coordinators:

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