- ECTS credits
- Teaching semesters
- Course code
- Number of semesters
- English or norwegian
Objectives and Content
A student who has completed the course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
- has developed advanced knowledge of "the state of the art" as well as recent developments in the field of public policy and governance
- has acquired relevant knowledge on how public policy and governance issues are analyzed from different perspectives
- can use the knowledge in analyzing different and new areas of public policy and governance
- can provide empirical and theoretical analysis on the basis of the history and distinct character of the academic field
- has developed critical thinking and can conduct independent analysis in assessing, diagnosing and addressing policy and governance related challenges
- can provide independent analyses and applications of existing theories, approaches and empirical work within the research field
- can use the knowledge to develop and conduct independent research
- can discuss, analyze and apply the course materials to answer relevant research questions and objectives
- can apply the knowledge and skills to various areas of public policy
- can communicate and identify relevant problem issues and how to analyze them with regard to public policy and governance to different stakeholders of public policy and administration
- can contribute to the theoretical development of the academic field and the application of different methods in conducting research
Level of Study
Semester of Instruction
Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Access to the Course
The course is open for students who have been accepted to Master programmes at the Department of Government.
Exchange students at master level may be accepted upon application. Applications may be rejected due to capacity.
Teaching and learning methods
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Presentation of a shorter essay (about 2000 words) based on a syllabus related topic. In addition, each student is required to at least one time comment on another students' oral/written presentation.
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
A four-hour school exam.
The exam will be given in the language in which the course is taught.
The exam answer can be submitted in Norwegian, Swedish or Danish. It is also possible to submit in English.
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
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.