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SOS4901 – Scandinavian Labour Markets and Labour Relations

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Course content

This course explores the characteristic features of industrial relations in the Scandinavian countries, focusing on similarities and differences between those countries. The key players in the labour market, union structure and union density, the wage bargaining system and the legal frameworks of bargaining are among the themes dealt with. Norwegian labour relations are then described in more depth, based upon a comparison with the other Scandinavian countries.

Learning outcome

The aim of the course is to present the main features of the “Scandinavian model” and to demonstrate the relevance of a comparative method in studying industrial relations.


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Recommended previous knowledge

Admission to the master program or 2-3 years of completed studies in the social sciences.


Teaching consists of seminars in which lectures and student activity are combined. The course is designed for both Norwegian students and students on exchange programmes or bilateral agreements. All teaching will be given in English.


Students will be evaluated by a 4-hour written examination and a course paper on a topic of the course. The written examination constitutes 60% of the final grade, and the course paper 40%. The ECTS grading scale (A-F) will be used. Guidelines for the course paper

The written exam in sociology normally consists of two parts. In part 1, the student defines/discusses three out of four concepts provided. The first part counts as 1/3 of the final grade. Part 2 is an essay for which the student chooses between two options provided. This part counts as 2/3 of the final grade.

Explanations and appeals

Explanations & appeals at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography


This course has been arranged primarily for exchange students and will only be taught if there are exchange students who wish to take it. If the course is taught as planned, it will also be open to MA students in sociology as a theory specialization course.

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Autumn 2008

Autumn 2007

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