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Decision on course literature

If you want to make changes to a reading list, there are certain guidelines that you need to follow. On this page you find instructions regarding literature lists, examples and also the Faculty Library's guidelines.

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Instructions regarding literature lists

  • All course literature lists must be approved by the Department Board. Teachers are invited to provide the Board with a suggestion for a revised bibliography, inclusive of the old and new literature, as well as a justification specifying the reason(s) for the proposed changes. Information about who is the course convenor should be given. An example is provided at the end of this document.
  • It is important that the literature list is consistent and follows a recognized bibliographical format. The author’s first name should be spelled in full. See example at the end of this document.
  • Before you make any changes, you must ask the course administrator for the last approved version of the list.
  • Changes to the course literature list are sent to the Director of Studies and the course administrator. Information about the deadline for submitting changes is circulated by the course administrator each semester.’
  • If changes to the course literature concern the adoption of a new edition of a textbook, the Department Board does not need to be notified. Teachers are expected to send the new bibliographical reference to the course administrator.
  • For first cycle courses of 15 credits, the recommended page amount is 2,000 pages; for second cycle course of 15 credits, the recommendation is 2,500 pages (+/- 10 %). Deviations from these recommendations can be justified by the nature of the required reading, for example if it contains a large share of research articles or if the course includes a lot of practical elements.
  • If journal articles amount to more than 40 per cent of the total number of pages, the complete reference for each article is to be included in the literature list.
  • A gender balance among the authors of books and articles is desirable. This generally means a gender balance of around 40–60 per cent in terms of number of pages. The Department Board wants all literature lists to include a calculation of the gender balance of the items on the list (in terms of number of pages) as well as a written justification of any deviation from the 40-60 balance above. Deviations are to be compensated for in the selection of articles. For co-authored publications, the number of pages is stated proportionally. 
  • Literature lists should be made available to students no later than eight weeks ahead of the beginning of a course in order to allow for library acquisition and recording of course readings for students with pedagogical support.


Change of literature to STVC63 Nationalism and Xenophobia. Teacher: Ted Svensson.

New list:
Canovan, Margaret, 2005. The People. Cambridge: Polity Press. (161 p)

Closs Stephens, Angharad, 2014. The Persistence of Nationalism: From Imagined Communities to Urban Encounters. Abingdon: Routledge. (155 p)

Garner, Steve, 2017. Racisms: An Introduction (2nd ed). London: Sage Publications. (310 p)

Wodak, Ruth, 2015. The Politics of Fear: What Right-Wing Populist Discourses Mean. London: Sage Publications. (238 p)

Özkirimli, Umut, 2017. Theories of Nationalism: A Critical Introduction (3rd ed). London: Palgrave. (271 p)

Articles: app 120 p.

Total: 1255 p.
Mudde, Cas, 2007. Populist Radical Right Parties in Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (385 p)

Wodak, Ruth, 2015. The Politics of Fear: What Right-Wing Populist Discourses Mean. London: Sage Publications. (238 p)

Justification: Muddes book, published 2007, is outdated for both empiri and research overview. Wodaks book contain more updated empiri and dealing with a broader research field. It also gives the possibility to discuss methodological considerations in a more direct way than Muddes book, which both prepars the students for their thesis work and creates distinct contacts with the method course on bachelor level. Wodaks book contributes to a more equal level of the gender balance. If the articles are not counted for, we have 554 pages out of 1135 pages altogether, with female authors, i.e. about 49 per cent.

Checklist for selecting course literature

General guidelines for the Social Sciences Faculty Libraries:

  • We purchase one printed copy / 10 students, one of which is a reference copy, of every title. For student groups larger than 90 students, two reference copies are purchased.
  • We always investigate the possibility of purchasing new titles in e-book format. LU has no agreements with Swedish publishers for the purchase of e-books.
  • We will let you know before the start of the semester if a title is not available for purchase.
  • The Student’s Rights list states that that required reading, both compulsory and recommended, should be generally accessible to students, i.e. available to borrow, buy or use in digital form.
  • Information on required reading and other study resources should be available to students eight weeks before the start of the course.

When you are deciding on course literature:

  • Contact the library if you are unsure whether a title is generally accessible or if you need help finding alternative literature.
  • You are welcome to ask us if you have general questions about e-books or the possibility to purchase a title in e-format. E-mail us or use the purchase forms: Purchasing suggestions | Social Sciences Faculty Library (
  • You can see all the e-books we have access to in ePublications if you want to review what we have before choosing new literature.
  • Examine the content of Sage Research Methods and the subject guide Research Methods & Encyclopedias in Social Sciences when choosing method literature.
  • Reflect on the titles chosen from a sustainability perspective. Is it possible to use them for several semesters? Is it possible to choose fewer books and a larger proportion of articles?

When you write the literature list, please make clear:

  • Which edition to use
  • If the title is freely available online
  • If you as a teacher provide the students with the text
  • If the title is compulsory or recommended reading

Contact information

Print purchases: Linnéa Jeschke linnea [dot] jeschke [at] sambib [dot] lu [dot] se (linnea[dot]jeschke[at]sambib[dot]lu[dot]se) & Linda Leveau linda [dot] leveau [at] sambib [dot] lu [dot] se (linda[dot]leveau[at]sambib[dot]lu[dot]se) 
E-books purchases: Ellen Fall ellen [dot] fall [at] sambib [dot] lu [dot] se (ellen[dot]fall[at]sambib[dot]lu[dot]se)