Teaching and examinations

Teaching and learning methods

Students are expected to attend lectures and seminars.Teaching is normally given as a series of weekly lectures which last throughout the semester. In some courses students will be given the opportunity to hand in a mock exam.
Some classes are open to both bachelor and master's students. However, students are advised that the level of instruction correspond to the master's level.
In order to meet the learning objectives set up for the programme, students are expected to participate in class discussions and are encouraged to ask questions and share opinions. Part of the course experience is provided by the diversity of backgrounds and opinions of its participants.

In accordance with Norwegian academic tradition each student is individually responsible for his or her own academic progression. Thus, some students may find that the number of lectures and seminars are comparatively few, however, they are nevertheless expected to learn a similar amount of knowledge and skills. This normally requires more self-study and group study in addition to class-based activities. It is the responsibility of students to learn; instructors are simply an aid in that endeavour. Students are strongly recommended to organise study groups on their own.

Compulsory attendance

Supervision of the master's thesis is mandatory.


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Forms of examination and assessment

In most courses students are assessed on the basis of a written assignment. In some courses students are assessed on the basis of a four-hour written examination, or a combination of these. Students will be tested in their ability to present their knowledge on a specific topic.

In order to evaluate the ability to work independently, students are expected to write a master's thesis. Students will be tested in how to find and analyse relevant material and making a systematic presentation of legal arguments.

Language of examination

In the courses comprising the programme, the exam question papers are given in English, and the answer papers are normally supposed to be delivered in English. The course descriptions provide more information about requirements concerning the language of examination

The master's thesis should be written in English.

Grading scale

The courses comprising the programme use the grading scale with five steps from A to E for pass and F for fail. A pass/fail mark is given for some examinations.

Auxiliary material allowed during the exams

Students are allowed to bring with them material to the examination as shown in the list of auxiliary material

Special rules regarding the exams

Rules governing the accomplishment and administration of the exams, examination questions papers and grading, and the arrangement of the exams are available here, from chapter 2

Published June 6, 2012 10:00 AM - Last modified Dec. 17, 2012 12:44 PM