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Politics, policies and public administration

LU0099 Politics, policies and public administration, 15.0 Credits

Politik och förvaltning

Syllabus approved



Rural Development

Education cycle

First cycle

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, entry requirements only from upper secondary school(G1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

General entry requirements for higher education.


The aim of the course is to give students broad knowledge of how the political system works and insight into both the public sector and civil society. Based on the broad overview, the course focuses on how the political system and political programs influence and are influenced by rural conditions. Particular emphasis is placed on EU and national programs; knowledge on public administration (exercise of authority) and on local perspectives on policy.

After completing the course, students should, orally and in writing, be able to:

- account for theoretical perspectives on policy and administration in the field that the subject rural development constitutes;
- describe how decision-making takes place in the Swedish political system, including the EU level, and describe the role of the public administration in the political system;
- make assessments concerning policy-based conditions for rural development and relate analytically and critically to political systems and programs.


The main content of the course consists of knowledge of the relationships between social institutions and rural conditions. Generic knowledge in the form of critical thinking, oral and written presentation constitute essential parts of the course.

The course consists of a mix of lectures and independent work, individually and in groups, based on cases, both constructed and taken from reality, which are presented and discussed during mandatory seminars. The literature is treated partly in lectures and partly in seminars and is expected to be used actively in the discussion of the case studies.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed written exams, presentation of project work and seminar assignments.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Responsible department

Department of Urban and Rural Development

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
Replaces: LU0026, LU0077
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Rural Development - Societal Change Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 27500 SEK Cycle: First cycle
Subject: Rural Development
Course code: LU0099 Application code: SLU-40120 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Urban and Rural Development Pace: 100%