SAM21 Norway: Economy, History, Politics and Society
The course has four main branches, where students will be given a basic introduction to the topics in a non-technical way:
Economy: GDP, exports, the Nordic model, "the petroleum fund";
History: important industries and businesses, the public sector, historical development;
Politics: the Norwegian political system, political history, Norway and the EU;
Society: the role of trust, the welfare state, Norway and the rest of the world
The main objective of the course is to give students a broad and basic knowledge of Norway. The course focuses on four aspects; the economy, the history, the politics and the organization of society. It combines a descriptive approach with analysis of the factors that differentiate Norway from other countries.
Knowledge: after finishing the course, students should:
- understand the basic features of Norway's economy and political system
- know the most important eras in Norway's modern history, as well as key historical persons
- be familiar with some of the main features of Norwegian society, including values and traditions
Skills: after finishing the course, students should be able to:
- discuss how Norway has managed to rise to the top of the UNDP's Human Development Index
- present briefly the main sectors of the Norwegian economy, both currently and historically
- give a broad overview of Norwegian history over the last 200 years, including main eras and important individuals
- be able to describe and discuss some of the most important factors that distinguish Norway from other countries, in Europe as well as internationally
General competence: students should acquire a familiarity with Norway that enables them to:
- present and contextualize information about Norway
- participate in basic discussions about the country
- be able to communicate about Norway with both specialists and non-specialists
The main method of teaching will be regular lectures. Students are expected to participate in discussions and presentations, as well as in the development of the written curriculum (see below). Some of the teaching will occur outside the traditional class-room setting. Participation in lectures is compulsory, and students need to attend at least 80 per cent of the class hours in order to get course approval.
Given that this course is intended for foreign students, in particular students visiting the NHH on exchange, course approval will only be given to students that have no previous experience from the Norwegian educational system.
Requirements for course approval
Course approval requires participation in at least 80 per cent of the class hours. Students that are unable to reach this goal, will be asked to perform additional tasks to make up the necessary credits.
- Three short (approximately 300-400 words) "encyclopedia entries" that will be published in the "class knowledge base". The course instructor will provide a list of potential entries, and the students will produce one entry from each category, to be shared online with the other students, making up the knowledge base. One of the entries may be in another format than standard written text (video, etc.)
- A poster presentation, written as part of a group of 3-5 students. The course instructor will provide a list of potential topics.
- A short essay (approximately 1000 words/ two pages), written individually, on a topic chosen by the student and accepted by the course instructor
Oral exam, up to 20 minutes - partly based on the students' compulsory work, ie (1)-(3) above, partly based on the literature (see below).
Pass or fail
Students are expected to bring a laptop, tablet or smartphone to class
Students should have read and be familiar with all the entries in the "class knowledge base". In total, there should be around 100 such entries that the students are expected to be familiar with. In addition, students choose and read four articles from a list of ten articles provided by the instructor at the start of the course.
- ECTS Credits
- Teaching language
Professor Stig Tenold, Department of Economics