STV4445B – EU and the Nation State - Policy Formulation and Implementation

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Course content

Increasingly, public policy results from decision processes that span several levels of governance. The course will highlight the relationship between the EU level and the national level regarding the formulation and implementation of policies.

The added value of this course within the overall study programme is its focus on the ‘multi-levelness’ of institutions, politics and policies.

Learning outcome


You will:

  • be well acquainted with the role of institutions which will be particularly emphasised, and analysed from various theoretical perspectives
  • learn how the European Commission, Union Council and European Parliament actually work and how politics within these key institutions reflects the way they are organised and recruited
  • learn how EU-level executive bodies relate to national governments and how variation as regards the implementation of EU policies is to be explained


You will be able to:

  • analyse decision processes within the multilevel EU system of governance, across policy fields
  • predict and make sense of outcomes, and to possibly influence outcomes by identifying access points to a policy process and by knowing how to structure future processes


You will:

  • develope analytical skills in general
  • be made conscious about the separation between personal attitudes/preferences and knowledge in a contested area


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.

Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Apply for guest student status if you are admitted to another Master's programme.

For incoming students

All Master's courses in Political Science must be registered manually by the Department, they will not appear in Studentweb. Contact your international coordinator at UiO.



Obligatory activity

  • Submission of a draft literature review midway
  • Participation in the midway seminar where the drafts are discussed


Term paper

The term paper shall be

  • A literature review
  • Between 3500-5000 words.
  • On a topic related to the curriculum but selected by the student.
  • Meet the formal requirements for submission of written assignments

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

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


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 2023

This course is not given on a regular basis


This course is not given on a regular basis

Teaching language