Scandinavian Politics and Government
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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.
A student who takes exams in both SAMPOL120 and SAMPOL110 will get the total of credits reduced by 5 points.
Undervisningsformer og omfang av organisert undervisning
Form: Lectures and seminars
Hours per week: approximately 4
Number of weeks: minimum 10
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.
One week home exam. Length: 3000-4000 words. Exams that exceed the word limit can not receive a pass.
This course is evaluated regularly
Department of Comparative Politics