This course is discontinued

STV2210 – Europeanization and Globalization

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Course content

Globalization and Europeanization are two terms with buzzword status – everyone uses them, but all too few understand their true meaning. This course corrects such a state of affairs, and does so in two steps. We begin by developing some conceptual tools for linking the global and European to the national and domestic. Then we look at a series of instances where globalization and Europeanization appear to have been at work. These include the international political economy, global human rights, security policy, and – within Europe – how the European Union hits home on its member states.

Learning outcome

The course is designed to help students better understand the complex interplay between the global and European on the one hand, and deeply rooted national ‘stuff’ on the other. To this end, it has three, more specific goals. First, the course will emphasize complexities and nuances in the effects of and debates over globalization and Europeanization; its analytics and empirics will be cast in greys instead of in black and white. Second, lectures will explore the nexus between domestic politics and global/European dynamics. After all, the latter matter when they work their effects through national policies, institutions, values or identities, or are assessed using standards of legitimacy and democracy based on the nation state. Third, the course will emphasize that globalization and Europeanization are playing out in multiple issues areas beyond the purely economic. While the latter is crucially important, it needs to be put in context - for example, by exploring the globalization of human-rights discourses or the Europeanization of security policies.


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The course is open for independent students. Please contact The Faculty of Social Sciences.


Recommended previous knowledge

Ideally, students should have a background in political science and some course work in international relations.


There will be a total of 10 lectures (each of 2 hours duration).


There will be a 4-hour final exam.

Examination support material

Students may use a dictionary during the exam. The dictionary is to be handed in to the reception at the Department of Political Science (seventh floor, Eilert Sundts hus) at the latest two days before the day of the exam.

Language of examination

The 4-hour written exam will be given in English only. The students can choose whether they will answer the exam questions in English, 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

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Special examination arrangements

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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






Every autumn


Every autumn

This course will not be given Autumn 2009

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