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Undergraduate course

American Government and Politics

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Teaching semester

Fall - irregular

Objectives and Content

The course offers a theoretical and empirical introduction to the US political system with topics emphasizing the constitution, separation of powers, federalism, cleavages, party system, political participation, and economic policy. Students will acquire basic knowledge on and understanding of the organization and operations of the political system of the United States.

Learning Outcomes

A candidate who has completed his or her qualification should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


  • Define and explain important aspects of the constitution, federalism, political institutions, political behavior, interest groups, party systems, and public policies.


  • Discuss the content of the Constitution.
  • Demonstrate how the Constitution facilitates and constrains political behavior, how the constitution governs the interaction between the states and the federal government, and between the legislature, the executive, and the judiciary.

General competence

  • Critically analyze and evaluate the complexity of the political world in United States, explain patterns of political behavior, and discuss political outcomes.
  • Engage in a discussion of how policies are the result of individual goals, institutional rules and collective action.
  • Reconstruct how decisions and actions in the past influence political actors and outcomes today.

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

MET102, SAMPOL110 /SAMPOL105, SAMPOL106 and SAMPOL107.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

Total credit reduction with SAMPOL112 and SAMPOL217

Access to the Course

The course is open for students at the University of Bergen who fulfill the general admission requirements.

Teaching and learning methods

Hours per week: 2

Number of weeks: minimum 10

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance


Forms of Assessment

Take home exam, 10 hours

Grading Scale

Grading A-F

Assessment Semester

Assessment in teaching semester.

Course Evaluation

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

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Take home exam

    10 hours
    Assignment handed out
    23.11.2021, 09:00
    Submission deadline
    23.11.2021, 19:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam