American Government and Politics



Mål og innhald

The course offers a theoretical and empirical introduction to the US political system with topics emphasizing the constitution, separation of powers, federalism, cleavages, party system, political participation, and economic policy. Students will acquire basic knowledge on and understanding of the organization and operations of the political system of the United States.


A candidate who has completed his or her qualification should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


  • Define and explain important aspects of the constitution, federalism, political institutions, political behavior, interest groups, party systems, and public policies.


  • Discuss the content of the Constitution.
  • Demonstrate how the Constitution facilitates and constrains political behavior, how the constitution governs the interaction between the states and the federal government, and between the legislature, the executive, and the judiciary.

General competence

  • Critically analyze and evaluate the complexity of the political world in United States, explain patterns of political behavior, and discuss political outcomes.
  • Engage in a discussion of how policies are the result of individual goals, institutional rules and collective action.
  • Reconstruct how decisions and actions in the past influence political actors and outcomes today.


Fall - irregular
Krav til forkunnskapar
Tilrådde forkunnskapar
Total credit reduction with SAMPOL112 and SAMPOL217
Krav til studierett
The course is open for students at the University of Bergen who fulfill the general admission requirements.
Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

Hours per week: 2

Number of weeks: minimum 10

Obligatorisk undervisningsaktivitet

Take home exam, 10 hours

The exam will be given in the language in which the course is taught.

The exam can be submitted in English. It is also possible to submit in Norwegian, Swedish or Danish.

Grading A-F

Assessment in teaching semester.

A retake exam is arranged for students with a valid absence, including interruption during the exam (must be documented with a certificate from a doctor or other expert). If there is a retake exam, students who failed the exam can sign up for the retake exam in Studentweb after January 15.

Alle emne blir evaluert i tråd med UiBs kvalitetssystem for utdanning.