Continuing Education


Business and Human Rights


This course provides a better appreciation of the nature of human rights violations that can be linked to corporate activity, regardless of corporate intent. The course does this by examining the ethical and legal standards, duties, and expectations of companies.

Focus will be on the dilemmas of operating in a space where local standards and rules may vary from and sometimes contradict global standards or policies. Furthermore, the course will explore emerging initiatives in order to deal with human rights and business, and assess the effectiveness of voluntary corporate codes of conduct.

This course is organized by the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) and the Rafto Foundation, in co-operation with the Department of Comparative Politics.



Part-time course with three sessions from Friday to Sunday at the University of Bergen.
The sessions will be a mixture of lectures, seminars, group presentations and role play.
Participation in working on and presenting a group presentation is mandatory.

Schedule autumn 2018:

September 14 - 16
October 19 - 21
November 9 - 11

Fridays and Saturdays from 10 AM to 5 PM
Sundays from 10 AM to 4 PM

Exam paper to be submitted by Monday, December 10 at 12.00 AM.


Take-home exam of not more than 4500 words, to be submitted within a month after it has been handed out.

Grading scale A-F.

Admission requirements

Bachelor degree or the equivalent. In addition, you must have a minimum of 2 years relevant work experience. Each application will be considered individually.



For questions on application and admission:

UiB Videre
+47 55 58 20 40

For questions on academic aim and content:

Department of Comparative Politics
Associate Professor Terje Knutsen
+47 55 58 20 18

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Take-home examination

    Assignment handed out
    11.11.2018, 12:00
    Submission deadline
    11.12.2018, 15:00
    Examination system
    Digital exam

Available courses

Autumn 2018
Course date: 14.09.2018 - 11.11.2018
Price: NOK 19000
Application deadline: Expired