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POLVOA31/41/S27 Trust in Politics (POMLFCS1) 5–10 ECTS
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Type or level of studies
Intermediate studies
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Degree Programme in Politics
Political Science
Faculty of Management

General description

Political and social trust are often seen as important determinants or elements of a functioning democracy and citizens well-being. But what is trust, and how it actually influences citizens and the political system? The purpose of the course is to give students a comprehensive picture of the concept of trust and its relevance in political science. The course starts with a conceptualization of trust, both as a political and social concept. After the conceptualization, measuring trust is analysed, and main results concerning survey evidence on trust discussed. The course goes then on with discussing the relevance and role of trust in international relations, trust in comparative perspective, the relationship of trust to political inequality and its relevance in explaining the rise of right wing populism. The course provides students analytical tools to study trust and an extensive knowledge of the relevant literature.

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Kaisa Herne, Teacher responsible


10-Jan-2018 – 15-Feb-2018
Lectures 24 hours
Wed 10-Jan-2018 - 14-Feb-2018 weekly at 12-14, Pinni B3107
Thu 11-Jan-2018 - 15-Feb-2018 weekly at 12-14, Pinni B4113


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