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Autumn term courses 2021

Profile and elective courses


SIMP01: Introduction to Global Studies

The course aims at providing an understanding of current theories and debates connected to processes of globalisation and transformation. (15 credits)

SIMP27: Gender, Class, Ethnicity and Sexuality

The course provides students with core elements in current feminist theories in dialogue with established academic disciplines, which have highlighted the centrality of gender for the understanding of broader social processes and different social phenomena. Students will be encouraged to develop their understanding and appreciation of issues and perspectives central to the multidisciplinary field of Social Studies of Gender. (15 credits)

SIMP37: Theories and Issues in Development

This interdisciplinary course focuses on problems of poverty and human development. This course deals with key issues and problems of development as well as different theoretical perspectives developed to increase our understanding of the preconditions for and content of development. (15 credits)

SIMP45: Introduction to Middle Eastern Studies

This course examines the political and social development of the Middle East from the early 20th century until today, and puts the region in comparative perspective. Using social scientific categories to examine the region, the goal of the course is to expose the student to the complexities of the region and help them understand the profound changes that are taking place. (15 credits)

SIMS26: Migration and Development

This course examines the key issues and problems of migration and development as well as different theoretical perspectives developed to increase our understanding of the preconditions for and content of such processes. The intention is to provide you with a general overview of the field. (15 credits)

SIMS39: Gender, Global Development and Post-Colonialism

This course is interdisciplinary and addresses issues of gender and development. The course explores central questions and themes that have been critically raised by researchers and activists in the field. (15 credits)

SIMS40: AI in Society

The aim of this course is to provide a multifaceted theory-based understanding of AI in society and to prepare the student to critically reflect upon the ongoing expansion of AI and the consequences of AI applications on humans and institutions. (15 credits)

SIMS51: Middle Eastern Refugees in the Global North

This course focuses on refugees understood as forcibly displaced people. It discusses those social structures, organizations and institutions that affect the lives of people seeking asylum not only in Sweden but in the Global North more broadly. (7.5 credits)

SIMS53: Environment and Sustainable Development in the Middle East

The course covers the environmental impact of natural resource management and its political, social, and economic dimensions. The main objective is to understand land and water management and their environmental impacts in the Middle East through a holistic and sustainable perspective. The nexus between water, food, and energy in the Middle East is discussed within the major river basins in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. (7.5 credits)

SIMS55: Islam and the Politics of Everyday Life in the Middle East

This course aims to move beyond over-simplified and dichotomous approaches to the complex set of phenomena we refer to as ‘Islam’. It explores the complexity of the social processes defining, constructing and traversing Islamic discourse and Muslim practice. (7.5 credits)

SIMS57: Gender and Politics in the Middle East

This course aims to confront prevailing stereotypes, both Western and Middle Eastern, about women, men, femininity, and masculinity in the Middle East while fostering students' capacity for critical reflection. (7.5 credits)

SIMR43 & SIMR44: Internship Course

SIMR50: Fieldwork course

How to apply

If you are a programme student enrolled in one of the Graduate School master's programmes, you will be admitted and registered to the profiile course for your programme in the first term. If you are not a programme student in your first year of studies, you can apply via 

Please note that the internship courses (SIMR43 and SIMR44) and the fieldwork course (SIMR50) are not open for application online. These courses are only open for students enrolled in Graduate School's master's programmes.

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