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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 there is a user guide for this purpose.

Guidelines for course literature

  • Before you make any changes, you must ask the course administrator for the last approved version.
  • The Faculty of Social Science recommends 160 pages of course literature per course credit. For a 7.5 credit course, this means 1200 pages; for a 9 credit course 1440 pages; and for a 15 credit course 2400 pages.
  • If articles constitute a considerable part of the reading list (i.e. 40 per cent or over), these should be listed complete with a full bibliographical reference in the literature list.
  • All course literature must be approved by the Departmental Board. Lecturers who whish to make changes to the course literature must justify these. Lecturers are invited to provide the Board with a revised bibliography, inclusive of the old and new literature, as well as a justification specifying the reason(s) for making the changes. An example is provided at the end of this document.
  • A gender balance amongst the authors of textbooks and articles is desirable. This usually means a gender balance of around 40-60 per cent, when it comes to the number of pages. The literature list should always contain a calculation of the gender balance. The Board always seeks a written notification of the gender balance. It is very important that there is a justification every time there is a change in the literature if it deviates from the 40/60 rule. For co-authored publications, the number of pages is stated proportionally. 
  • Changes to the course literature are sent to the Director of Studies and course administrator. A reminder of the last useful date to submit changes is circulated each semester.
  • It is important that the literature list is consistent and follows a recognised bibliographical format. Careful proofreading before submitting the documentation is thus recommended. This is important, after all, we expect our students to progressively master the skill of academic referencing. The author’s first name should also be spelled in full.
  • If changes to the course literature concern the adoption of a new edition of a textbook, the Departmental Board does not need to be notified. Lecturers are expected to send the new bibliographical reference to the course administrator.
  • It must show who the head teacher/s of the course is/are.

Example

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.


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

Adding:
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.