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"Students should be free to express independent thoughts"

Meet the programme director of Global Studies

Annika Bergman Rosamond is Associate Professor (Docent) in Political Science, Lund University. Since 2012 she has been Director of the Master's programme in Global Studies. She obtained her BSc at London School of Economics and her MA and PhD (in European studies/International Relations) at University of Sussex, UK. She has taught, and supervised, widely within the broad fields of IR, political science and theory, gender, security studies and global studies.

Our interview with Annika

A Friendly Learning Environment

The Faculty of Social Science places emphasis on analytical, critical and research-focused learning and this is the case at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels of study. Students are in other words encouraged to learn how to think for themselves and develop different viewpoints as well as engage in independent thought and analysis. Because of the friendly learning environment students should feel free to express independent thoughts. They are given plenty of opportunities to discuss, reflect and make comments on each others work. Furthermore there is a good deal of emphasis on feedback so as to guide the students through their readings and written assignments.

Active Teacher - Active Students

From the individual lecturer's point of view this means taking active part in the learning experience while allowing for student-led group work and reflection. As a consequence the lecturers on the Global Studies programme favor a good deal of group work, and interactive seminar discussions so as to give the students a chance to formulate their own standpoints on a set of complex global issues. There are various ways of encouraging active student involvement in the learning experience. Annika Bergman Rosamond, the programme director, notes that role play, debates and book reviews are good examples of such student-led work, which in turn encourages the formation of independent and critical thought.

Bergman Rosamond emphasizes that the emphasis on student-led learning implies that you take on a large part of the responsibility for your studies. Through a combination of seminars, lectures, submission of essays and engagements in group work you are given a varied and highly independent learning experience. Moreover, there are many opportunities to acquire special skills through the selection of courses of different disciplinary nature.

Prepare for your career, tailor your education

Annika Bergman Rosamond also highlights the possibility for you to do an internship during the Third Term in the master's programme in Global Studies. Examples of employers that might be of interest to you include private public agencies, companies, and various international and regional organizations in the Öresund region (Southern Sweden and Copenhagen area), Sweden, the Nordic countries, Europe or globally.

The relationship between the individual lecturers and the students is an open and friendly one, and you are encouraged to consult individual teachers should there be a need to do so. A defining feature of the University of Lund is indeed an atmosphere of openness and it should be easy for you to be heard in a friendly and supportive environment.

The Master's programme in Global Studies prepares you for a wide range of careers in the private and public sectors including regional and international organizations, national civil services, NGOS and other aspects of the voluntary sector. It also gives you a good basis upon which to pursue further graduate study should you  wish to go on to do a PhD.