STV2360 - Democratic Institutional Design

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Course content

In this course we address three key issues in the design and functioning of political institutions:

  1. the structure of and relationship between the executive, the legislative, the judiciary and public administration and how election systems impact these institutions.
  2. the relationship between these institutions and individual and collective actors like MPs and political parties.
  3. the impact of institutions and actors on policy outcomes.

To facilitate the discussion of these three issues, we focus empirically on three areas of the world:

  • Western Europe
  • USA
  • Central and Eastern Europe

Learning outcome

Knowledge

You will:

  • learn how the different institutions interact with each other in parliamentary and presidential systems
  • learn how election systems shape recruitment to and interaction between political institutions
  • learn about the (typical) stages in the legislative process in parliamentary and presidential systems
  • learn about the role of political parties

Skills

You will:

  • be able to identify and distinguish key features of parliamentary and presidential systems
  • be able to discuss to what extent the institutional arrangement contribute to democratic processes
  • define and discuss key terms and concepts within the field of comparative political institutions
  • be able use theories and models in your own analysis of political processes and the functioning of political institutions
  • be able to structure academic texts with research questions that the student has chosen him-/herself or that are pre-defined.
  • be able to relate a research question to the academic literature in the area and assess how the choice of research question determines the choices of research design, the need for sources/data and the research method.
  • be able to communicate academic knowledge in writing and orally and provide constructive criticism of other students’ assignments.

Competence

You will:

  • develop analytical capabilities
  • gain experience in writing academic texts

Admission

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

This course is not available for single course students.

Prerequisites

Recommended previous knowledge

STV1300 - Komparativ politikk or other introductory courses in comparative politics.

Teaching

Lectures and seminars.

Compulsory activities

  • Attend the first seminar
  • Present a short outline for your term paper
  • Present your term paper
  • Comment on other students' papers
  • Present revised paper to seminar leader for comments

The seminars are taught in English, and the papers handed in must be written in English.

See the seminar guidelines for more information about the seminars.

See the rules for reassignment of seminar groups and the guidelines for compulsory acitivities.

Absence from compulsory tuition activities

If you are ill or have another valid reason for being absent from compulsory tuition activities, your absence may be approved or the compulsory activity may be postponed.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.

Examination

3-hour written examination and term paper.

The term paper must:

The written examination counts more than the term paper. You receive one overall grade. You must pass the term paper and your written examination in the same semester.

The written examination is digital. Please be there minimum 30 minutes before the exam.

You must have passed the mandatory activities in order to sit the exam.

Previous exams

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Examination support material

Students may use dictionaries at this exam. Dictionaries must be handed in before the examination. Please read regulations for dictionaries permitted at the examination.

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

It is recommended to request an explanation of your grade before you decide to appeal.

Appeal

Explanation

The deadline to request an explanation is one week after the grade is published. For oral and practical examinations, the deadline is immediately after you have received your grade.

The explanation should normally be given within two weeks after you have asked for it. The examiner decides whether the explanation is to be given in writing or verbally.

Ask for an explanation

Resit an examination

If you are sick or have another valid reason for not attending the regular exam, we offer a postponed exam later in the same semester.

See also our information about resitting an exam.

If you have previously passed the mandatory activities, you do not have to repeat the activities in order to sit for the exam.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Evaluation

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

Facts about this course

Credits

10

Level

Bachelor

Teaching

Every autumn

Examination

Every autumn

Teaching language

English

Contact

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