Writing about your own workplace is tricky, so I will just note that the Swedish Agency for Higher Education published the result of its evaluation of programmes in Political Science at Swedish colleges and universities yesterday.
The press release is here and the full report (in Swedish) can be downloaded as a pdf-document.
Okay – I’ll allow myself a few comments:
- In general, it is a favourable report even if the evaluation group questions the quantity and quality of the teaching in methods at Swedish colleges and universities.
- The group notes that Swedish courses are somewhat out of line with the international mainstream as rational choice approaches are given very little attention in undergraduate courses.
- The group also notes that something is fundamentally wrong with the way resources for post-graduate education are distributed. Basically, the larger departments with many highly qualified researchers do not have the money to accept Ph.D.-students. Smaller and newer departments with few or no highly qualified researchers on the other hand have lots of opportunities to accept Ph.D.-students. (I will note that “my” department suffers from the same problem: We do not have the financial resources to accept any new post-graduate students this year and we deplore the situation. And it’s not just a problem in Political Science).