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NORAM1503 – American politics, institutions, geography, economic system

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Course content

This course addresses several important aspects of American society as a broad basis for the study of American culture to achieve a sound understanding of what is truly American. The geographical component of the course is primarily focused on regional differences and ethnic diversity, whereas its political and economic components emphasize the defining characteristics of the American political and economic systems. An important objective is to consider American life and institutions in an international perspective, including comparisons with Norway, in particular, and other countries of special relevance.
There is a strong emphasis on the self-image of Americans as a nation, and its dominant values and ideologies in a broad sense. The course will also deal with problems of methodology related to the interdisciplinary nature of the American Studies movement. An overall objective is to focus on those aspects of American culture which can help us understand the role of the USA as the dominant superpower in contemporary global society.

Learning outcome

To provide insights into aspects of American culture that are vital to a true understanding of contemporary American culture and society.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

No prior NORAM courses required.

Recommended previous knowledge

Good working knowledge of English, written and spoken.


A combination of lectures/seminars , 2 hours per week, for one semester, a grand total of 28 hours. There will be a two-week midterm break for individual study and writing. Class attendance is compulsory, an attendance rate of 80% is required to qualify as a candidate for the final written exam.


Student evaluation is based on two assignments: Students must hand in an essay (5 double-spaced pages) (pass/fail) by a set date and sit for a 4-hour written exam. The home essay must satisfy the criteria for a C in order for the candidate to be admitted to the final written test, which will be graded according to a scale from A to E, for pass, and F for fail.

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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.

Grades will be published in Studentweb three weeks after the examination or deadline at the very latest.

Explanations and appeals

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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.


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

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