Karlstad University / Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences / The department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies

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The Civics subject at Karlstad University offers extensive education at the first- and second-cycle levels. The subject is a part of all Primary and Secondary Education programmes. Research linked to Civics concerns subject-specific education and is conducted in collaboration with the third-cycle subjects Political Science, Sociology, Political Economy, and Educational Work. The subject which is currently expanding will recruit new teaching and research staff, and advertises a senior lecturer in Civics.


Duties include teaching at the first- and second-cycle levels in both programme courses and free-standing courses for teacher students. In addition to teaching, the position involves supervision, examination, course coordination, and course development. Research and participation in third-cycle education will possibly also be part of the lectureship. Active participation in the development work of the Civics subject regarding teaching, research, and third stream activities is included.
The research component involves development of educational Civics research in CSD (the Center for Social Science Didactics).
The position requires active participation in the day-to-day operations of the subject.

Qualification requirements

Since the Civics subject is part of a block of subjects, applicants are eligible who have obtained their Degree of Doctor, or equivalent, in one of the subjects Sociology, Political Science, Political Economy, or Educational Work with a specialization in subject-specific Civics education. Applicants are required to have documented pedagogical skills and a completed course in higher education pedagogy. In special circumstances, the course in higher education pedagogy may be completed within two years of employment as part of the professional development commitment.

Assessment criteria

Special weight will be given to experience of teaching and research relevant for the field of subject-specific Civics teaching, especially with a focus on theoretical and practical perspectives on professional Civics activities.

Special weight will be given to a high level of oral and written proficiency in Swedish or another Scandinavian language.

Considerable weight is given to experience of teaching in school, the applicant’s own degree in Education, and the qualifications required to teach content related to the core education subjects in the teacher education programme.

Weight is given to personal qualities such as collaborative skills, initiative, and the ability to initiate and complete projects in education and research.  Weight is also given to a good level of oral and written proficiency in English.

Karlstad University aims for diversity in all areas.

Terms of employment

The lectureship is a full-time non-fixed term position. A probationary period of employment may be required.


The application should include well documented qualifications. Please include at least two references. Applicants are responsible for submitting a complete application before the deadline and in accordance with the instructions. An incomplete application may jeopardise a fair qualitative assessment of qualifications.
The application should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Verified list of qualifications, including at least two references
  • An account of current teaching and research activities
  • An account of teaching philosophy
  • A course certificate for a course in higher education pedagogy, or an account of equivalent knowledge
  • An account of other experiences relevant for the position, such as managerial, collaborative, and administrative experience
  • List of publications
  • Copies of grades, degree certificates, and employment certificates

Submit the application via the University’s web-based recruitment tool, Varbi. Attach all the documents and publications you wish to be considered to the electronic application (do not just provide links to them). Three copies of documents that cannot be submitted electronically should be sent to:

Karlstads universitet
651 88 Karlstad
State ref.no: REK2020/77

Application deadline: 29 March 2020

We look forward to your application!

Karlstad University has chosen advertising channels for this recruitment and firmly declines any contact with advertising or recruitment agencies.

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2020/77
  • Arne Qvarfordt-Larsson, prefekt, +46 54 700 1324
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-700 1714
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-700 1434
  • Tony Ingemarsson, Lärarförbundet, 054 700 1404
Published 06.Mar.2020
Last application date 29.Mar.2020 11:59 PM CET

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