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:
The student has knowledgde about
- organization theory approaches to how formal organizations function.
- multi-level governance, implementation, and transformative approaches.
- an institutional approach, which combines instrumental models, cultural perspectives, and environmental adaptation.
- european cooperation, constitutionalism, international integration and institution-building.
- political governance, democratic control of the representatives, and accountability.
- can discuss and reflect on the relevance of theories and theoretical concepts.
- understand why theory is important for empirical research.
- is able to use theory and theoretical concepts to develop empirical indicators.
- is able to read and understand advanced scientific articles.
The student has
- analytical skills and competency in political science and public administration
- enhanced competence to discuss academic literature with peers and others
- improved ability to read scholarly literature instrumentally and critically
- improved ability to identify relevant research questions in social sciences
- improved competency to write an analytical paper
Level of Study
Semester of Instruction
Required 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.
The course gives priority to students accepted to the Master programmes at the Department of Government. Students accepted to other master's programmes in Social Sciences, Pshycology and Law can sign up if there are places left. Maximum students per course is twenty (20) students. Exchange students at master level may be accepted upon application. Applications may be rejected due to capacity.
If the number of students registered for a course is five or less, the Department may consider offering the course in seminar format.
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, discussions and guest lecturers
At five or less registered students, course activities and teaching will be in the form of seminars and comprise lesser extent of activities than as outlined in the timetable.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Submission and presentation of a reflection paper of a scientific paper, maximum 1200 words. Full attendance to no less than 80 % of the class meetings is required to be able to sit for exam.
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
Written essay on topic of own choosing that utilized literature from the course syllabus, approximately 4000 words (excluding the title page, table of contents, references, tables, and all attachments).
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 1. August.