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Postgraduate course

Self-organized course

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeGOV372
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

In collaboration with the Master-program mentor (UiB) the student will compose a 30 ECTS course curriculum based in available and relevant courses at UIB.  In addition to 20 ECTS elective coursework at UIB departments, 10 ECTS may be designated as self-organized study at the Department of Government where the student conducts a self-taught course supervised by the MA program.

Learning Outcomes

A student who has completed the course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence.


The student can

  • recognize key theoretical perspectives and their applicability to global challenges
  • understand when and to what problem sets a particular approach is most relevant
  • understand key choices, ethical standards and quality criteria in academic writing


The student can

  • Organize curriculum and integrate different theoreies and  methods an empirical analysis
  • Present key empirical and theoretical insights to other students
  • Collect, align abstract theories and concepts, empirical knowledge about policy responses to global challenges, and the political science analysis of different governance approaches
  • provide practical applications of theory through written and oral presentations and in discussions with relevant actors in public policy and administration

General competence

The student can

  • identify and manage ethical and scientific standards of qualitative research
  • address complex challenges
  • make independent and professional assessments of policies, relevant organizations and institutional arrangements

Required Previous Knowledge

Completion of the all first year courses.  Proficiency in scientific methods (qualitative and quantitative).

Access to the Course

This course option is only open to students accepted into the Master program in Politics and Governance of Global Challenges. No guest students may participate.

Forms of Assessment

One 20 page paper discussing learning outcomes including the self-established outcomes (the paper's contents should focus on methods and activities used to master an objective, the results achieved, critical reflection about the experience). The form and content should hold the general standards of scientific work (essay).

Grading Scale


Assessment Semester


Reading List


Course Evaluation

All courses are evaluated according to UiB's system for quality assurance of education.

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses. 

Course Coordinator

Course coordinator and administrative contact person can be found on Mitt UiB.

Course Administrator

The Department of Government at the Faculty of Social Sciences has the administrative responsibility for the course and the study programme.