Department of Government

Wide range of courses

The Department of Government offers a wide range of courses in politics and development studies.


Study Information

During each study period, the students are expected to take just one course, which is organized so as to require full time work, i.e. 40 working hours per week. About 8 hours per week are spent in class, mainly in the form of lectures or seminars. However, the rather low requirements on classroom attendance should not be interpreted to mean low demands on work input. The rest of the working time is devoted to individual studies of textbooks and selected papers or to group work in teams of 2-4 students. Exams are given at the end of each study period, i.e. there is no general exam period at the end of the semester.

The Credit System

A full semester is credited with 30 ECTS credits, which roughly corresponds to 20 weeks of full time studies. A typical course covers one study period and is credited with 7,5 ECTS credits. Thus, four courses are normally required for one semester of full time studies. Some courses cover two study periods and are consequently credited with 15 ECTS credits. You are only allowed to take four courses per semester, and only one course per period

Academic Calandar

The academic year is divided into two terms. The autumn term starts in the beginning of September and runs until the middle of January. The spring term begins in the middle of January and runs until the beginning of June. The Christmas break is two weeks and the Easter break one week. Please notice that, although there are no lectures or seminars during these periods, you will still have to read the course litterature or write papers during these breaks.

Semester dates 2017/2018
Autumn 2016 August 28 – January 14 Weeks: 35–02
Spring 2017 January 15 – June 06 Weeks: 3–23

Uppsala University uses the ISO-week system to number the weeks of the year. For more information see

Exams, Certificates and Grading

An individual, written test at the end of each course (normally) examines courses. In some courses credits are earned through a written report which is presented in a seminar discussion or through oral presentations. A retest is usually arranged three or four weeks later. If you fail an exam (be it a written exam, a project report, or an oral presentation), you will be offered a second chance about three weeks later, i.e. during the subsequent study period. Note that these re-examinations cannot be used to attempt to raise a pass grade to a higher grade; they are only open for students who either did not take the first examination or took it but failed.

Certificates and Grading
A certificate will be issued for the entire period that you have spent at Uppsala University. In the certificate all courses are specified with credit value (points) and grade. Grades for courses at Uppsala University are usually given on a scale of three, Fail (Underkänd), Pass, (Godkänd) and Pass with Distinction (Väl godkänd). For some courses and programmes, only Fail and Pass are given.