Scandinavian Politics and Government

  • Studiepoeng15
  • UndervisingssemesterVår, Haust
  • EmnekodeSAMPOL120
  • Talet på semester1
  • Språk


  • Ressursar



Mål og innhald

The objective of the course is to provide the students with a basic understanding of political structures, political actors and public policies in the Nordic countries.


State- and nation building processes of the Scandinavian states, including the current status of ethnic minority groups with the societies.

The current structure of the governmental institutions, with a focus on the role of parliament, the relationship between parliaments and the executive power, the structure of the state and the relationships between the central level and regional and local authorities.

Political participation, party systems and political representation. This part focuses on the developments of electoral and other forms of participation, the structure of the party system and the linkages between the electorate and the political parties. Included in this theme, is the study of interest organizations and the 'corporatist' nature of Scandinavian societies. The topic of representation covers the operation of the electoral system, the nomination of candidates and the representation of parties and socio-economic groups in parliament.

The public policy part of the course focuses particularly on the development of and structure of the Scandinavian welfare state, while the theme on foreign policy is focused on the Scandinavian states relationship to European integration.


Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:

  • Discuss the forms of government and public institutions in the Scandinavian countries.
  • Discuss commonalities and differences between the Scandinavian countries related to form of government, the welfare state, parties and party systems, state and nation building and the relationship between the Scandinavian countries and the EU.
  • Provide an insight into various institutional, historical and policy processes that unite and separate the Scandinavian countries and thereby discuss the validity of the concept of the Scandinavian model.

Krav til forkunnskapar

Fulfilment of general admission requirements.

Undervisningsformer og omfang av organisert undervisning

Form: Lectures and seminars

Hours per week: approximately 4

Number of weeks: minimum 10

Obligatorisk undervisningsaktivitet



Four days home exam. Length: 3000-4000 words. Exams that exceed the word limit can not receive a pass.


Grading A-F

Fagleg overlapp

A student who takes exams in both SAMPOL120 and SAMPOL110 will get the total of credits reduced by 5 points.


This course is evaluated regularly


Department of Comparative Politics



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