This course is discontinued

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Course content

The course provides a historical and sociological overview of the major legal traditions and criminal justice systems of the world.

Learning outcome

By analyzing similarities and variations between contemporary legal (both criminal and non-criminal) systems, the course aims to provide students with comparative knowledge that might enable them to make more appropriate empirical and normative assessments of the legal system in their own country.


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.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

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

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with KRIM4951 – Comparative Justice (discontinued)



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.


Students are graded on the basis of a 5-day take-home exam.

Size: Maximum 2400 words (roughly 6 pages). Front page, contents page (optional) and bibliography are not included. If footnotes are used in the text (at the bottom of each page), they are included in the 2400 word limit.

The essays shall be handed in at the Information Centre at the Faculty of law in Domus Academica, Karl Johansgate 47 Bring two copies of your essay, remember to also bring your student card or some other kind of ID. The paper shall also be submitted in

Any exam at the University of Oslo may be checked for both correct word count and incidents of cheating.

Language of examination

The examination question will be given in English, and students
may answer in English or Scandinavian (Norwegian, Swedish or Danish).

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

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.

Facts about this course






Spring 2012


Spring 2012

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