ISSSV1850 - Scandinavian Government & Politics

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Course content

The course critically analyzes the Norwegian and Scandinavian political systems in a comparative perspective. Topics covered include: nation-building and nationalism in Norway; the development of Norwegian democracy and the Scandinavian political party system; the Scandinavian model of the welfare state; globalization and European integration in a Norwegian context; multicultural theory; and the challenges and opportunities of increased cultural and ethnic diversity in Norway and Scandinavia.

Learning outcome

To give students a basic understanding of the structure of the Norwegian and Scandinavian political system, the institutions and some of today's challenges. Students are expected to develop the framework necessary for critical reflection and comparative analysis of political systems.

Admission

If you would like to take this course, you must apply directly to the International Summer School

Only students admitted to the course may take part in instruction.

Prerequisites

Formal prerequisite knowledge

No obligatory prerequisites beyond the minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway. Minimum academic requirements.

Teaching

The course consists of 26 lectures, 2 hours daily (10:15-12:00), Monday to Friday, for six weeks. Classroom sessions include lectures, student presentations, group exercises and discussions. 

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Daily attendance is expected of all participants. Students must attend a minimum of 75% of the lectures in order to take the final exam.

Examination

The course includes a final written examination, which lasts for two hours.

Grade distribution:

Final exam: 80%
Participation in class discussions, class exercises and contribution to the group project: 20%.

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Digital examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Candidates who have a re-scheduled or new examination are allowed take the next ordinary examination. Candidates who are re-sitting NORA exams can also re-sit the exam in the summer at the ISS exam. If you have successfully passed obligatory assignments, or other compulsory activities required before you are qualified to attend the exam, you need not re-sit these.

Only students with either valid absence (doctors note) or students who failed the exam can re-sit an exam.

Contact the ISS Office for more information.

Withdrawal from an examination

A student can take the class and sit for this exam up to 3 times. If a student wishes to withdraw from the exam, s/he must submit the Course Change Request Form to the ISS Reception before the exam. Failure to do so will be counted as one of the three opportunities to sit for the exam, which is the general rule at UiO.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Students who need a specially adapted exam must submit the Request for Special Examination Form along with medical documentation to the ISS reception two weeks before the exam.

Evaluation

The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Course combinations

This course can be combined with other summer courses, see which courses you can combine in the course schedule.

Facts about this course

Credits

10

Level

Bachelor

Teaching

Every summer

Examination

Every summer

Teaching language

English