Recommended norms for setting grades

Criteria adopted by the National Academic Board for political science on 27 October 2005 for specific degree courses and Master’s theses.

Grade

General qualitative description

(Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions/UiO)
Description of grades for Bachelor’s degree courses (political science) Description of grades for Master’s degree courses (political science) Description of grades for Master’s theses
(political science)

A

Excellent
Excellent performance, clearly outstanding. The candidate demonstrates excellent judgement and a high degree of independent thinking. The candidate demonstrates an excellent mastery of the course curriculum. When discussing subject-related issues, the candidate applies concepts, theories and empirical knowledge with a very high degree of certainty and in a manner that shows independent thinking and reflection. Correct use of sources and References. The candidate shows exceptionally wide and solid knowledge of the course subject matter, and demonstrates an excellent ability to apply this knowledge in an independent manner. An excellent thesis with an original analysis in which the research question is extremely well founded in the literature of the field. The thesis is also clearly outstanding in its use of methodology and its presentation of the material.

B

  Very good
Very good performance. The candidate demonstrates very good judgement and degree of independent thinking. The candidate demonstrates very good mastery of the course curriculum. When discussing subject-related issues, the candidate applies concepts, theories and empirical knowledge with a high degree of certainty and in a manner that shows independent thinking and reflection. Correct use of sources and References. The candidate shows very wide and solid knowledge of the course subject matter, and demonstrates very good ability to apply this knowledge in an independent manner. A very good analysis with a clear research question that is very well founded in the literature of the field. The thesis is also very good in its use of methodology and its presentation of the material.

C  

Good
Good performance in most areas. The candidate demonstrates good judgement and independent thinking with respect to the most important considerations. The candidate demonstrates good mastery of the course curriculum. When discussing subject-related issues, the candidate applies concepts, theories and empirical knowledge with certainty and in a manner that shows independent thinking. Correct use of sources and references in general. The candidate shows wide and solid knowledge of the course subject matter, and demonstrates good ability to apply this knowledge in an independent manner. A good thesis in all main respects. A clear research question and a well-conducted analysis that is well founded in the literature of the field. The thesis is also good in its use of methodology and its presentation of the material.

D  

Satisfactory
Satisfactory performance, but with significant shortcomings. The candidate demonstrates limited judgement and independent thinking. The candidate demonstrates incomplete knowledge of the course curriculum. Concepts, theories and empirical knowledge are applied inconsistently, and there are some deficiencies in the use of sources and References. The candidate shows variable knowledge of the course subject matter, and demonstrates some ability to apply this knowledge in an independent manner. In general a good thesis with adequate analysis, but it also shows some weaknesses in formulating the research question, the research design, conducting the analysis, methodological skills or presentation.

E  

Sufficient
Performance that meets the minimum criteria, but no more. The candidate demonstrates very limited judgement and independent thinking. The candidate clearly demonstrates incomplete knowledge of the course curriculum, and shows substantial weaknesses in the application of concepts, theories and empirical knowledge, as well as a poor understanding when discussing subject-related issues. The candidate shows poor knowledge of the course subject matter, and demonstrates a limited ability to apply this knowledge in an independent manner. A thesis in which the analysis meets the minimum requirements set for academic presentation and discussion, but which demonstrates substantial deficiencies in formulating the research question, the research design, conducting the analysis methodological skills or presentation.

F

Fail
Performance that does not meet the minimum academic criteria. The candidate demonstrates a lack of both judgement and independent thinking. The candidate shows no mastery of even elementary parts of the course curriculum, and demonstrates wide gaps in knowledge or an erroneous representation and application of key concepts and theories. The candidate shows very poor knowledge of the course subject matter, and demonstrates an inability to meet the minimum requirements set for the learning objectives of the course. A thesis in which the analysis does not meet the minimum requirements set for scientific presentation and discussion. It also shows very substantial deficiencies in formulating the research question, the research design, conducting the analysis, methodological skills, use of citations or presentation, or does not satisfy the minimum standard of research ethics.

 

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