STV9430B – Political leadership and democratic innovations in local governments

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Course content

This course is also available as a 10 ECTS credits course.

Please see STV9430A for course content, learning outcome and further details.

Course leaders

Jan Erling Klausen, associate professor in Political Science/Local Government Studies, University of Oslo, Norway.

Asbjørn Røiseland, professor in Political Science, Nord University, Norway.

Signy Irene Vabo, professor in Political Science/Local Government Studies, University of Oslo, Norway.


The course is open to PhD students in political science, public administration and related disciplines with research interests in this area.

Course capacity: 18 students 

Syllabus: Approx. 1000 pages

There is no participation fee. Lunches and (two) dinners are provided. The cost of travel and accommodation, if needed, must be covered by the participants.

PhD candidates at the Department of Political Science and the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Oslo: apply for the course in Studentweb from 15 March 2019

Other PhD candidates: Application form (application is closed)

All candidates accepted for admission will be registered as guest students at the University of Oslo.

Application deadline: 15 June 2019

Applicants will be notified about the outcome of their application as quickly as possible after the application deadline.


The course combines lectures and presentations in a workshop format. Each participant must prepare to present their own paper and provide comments for other participants’ papers during the course. Active participation and preparation by all participants is essential.

Mandatory attendance at the workshop 80%.

Please note that all obligatory activities and submission of papers should be passed in the same semester.

Obligatory activities: 

  • read recommended literature (see syllabus) and papers ahead of the workshop sessions
  • hand in paper (2-3000 words)
  • actively participate in the course activities
  • present own and comment on someone else’s paper.

The paper should be submitted before the course (see deadline below) and presented during the course. The paper should discuss two or more of the books/book chapters/articles in the syllabus. The paper may take departure for example in a normative stand, a contradiction or a paradox. The paper will be evaluated by a course leader and graded with ‘pass’ (pass/fail grade).

Deadline for paper submission before the course is 23 September 2019.


Transcript can be attained through Studentweb at the University of Oslo website. Students who complete the course are awarded 3 ECTS credits. Students from other institutions are recommended to contact their PhD Coordinator in order to incorporate the course as part of their educational plan prior to their participation. 

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

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Autumn 2019

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