EU and International Organisations

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The course provides an overview, and insight into the workings of international and supranational organizations with the aid of organization and governance theory. The focus will be on the EU and key international organizations such as the WTO, the IMF/ World Bank, and the UN, as well as Norway's relations with them. In addition to providing students with the conceptual tools for analyzing these organizations and their actions, we will study selected empirical cases of European and global governance, such as food security, migration, and trade.

Learning Outcomes


The student:

  • can account for how international and supranational institutions are organized and operate in global governance processes
  • knows different theoretical approaches to explain the emergence, function and influence of international organizations
  • understands how these organizations affect Norwegian policies and political processes


The student:

  • can explain the context and origins of these institutions,
  • discuss the development of these institutions at the international or supranational level through the lens of organisation and governance theories
  • consider the effects of international organizations in the light of problem-solving, legitimacy, and power relations

General competence

The student:

  • can assess national institutions and political processes in the light of international institutional developments
  • can gather, critically assess and convey new knowledge
  • can compare and synthesiz different theoretical accounts and apply them to empirical phenomena. 

ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Semester of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
AORG100A / AORG100B or GOV100
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
  • AORG107 (15 ECTS).
  • Access to the Course
    Open for all students at the University of Bergen
    Teaching and learning methods
    12-14 lectures and 8-12 seminars.
    Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

    Two individual submissions. Total 1000 words (+/- 10%).

    The compulsory assignment must be approved in order to take the exam. Approved compulsory assignments are valid in the current and following two semesters.

    Forms of Assessment

    4 hour school exam

    The exam will be given in the language in which the course is taught. The exam answer can be submitted in English, Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish.

    Grading Scale
    Grading A-F
    Assessment Semester

    Assessment in teaching semester.

    A retake exam is arranged for students with valid absence according to § 5-5 in the UiB regulations.

    If there is a retake exam, this will be available for students with the follow results/absences:

    • Medical certificate/valid absence
    • Interruption during the exam
    • Fail/failed

    If you have the right to take a retake exam and a retake exam is arranged for students with valid absences, you can sign up yourself in Studentweb after January 15.

    Reading List
    The reading list will be ready before 1 July for the autumn semester and 1 Decemeber for the spring semester.
    Course Evaluation
    All courses are evaluated according to UiB's system for quality assurance of education.
    Examination Support Material
    Programme Committee
    The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses. 
    Course Administrator
    Department of Government at the Faculty of Social Sciences has the administrative responsibility for the course and the study programme