ELE429 Norwegian economy, history and politics
Thorugh a combination of lectures, excursions, assignments and presentations, students are given students a broad knowledge of Norway's economy, history and politics. Students will be introduced to the elements that distinguish Norway from other countries. Based on a comparative approach, they are encouraged to use their own backgrounds when learning about Norwegian issues and aspects.
Among the topics that are discussed are:
*Economy: GDP (How did Norway become one of the wealthiest countries in the world?); foreign trade and natural resources, the Nordic model/ welfare state, "the petroleum fund".
*History: Scandinavian bonds and Norwegian independence, important industries and businesses, historical development.
*Politics: the Norwegian political system and the role of trust, political history (Why is Norway not a member of the EU?), foreign policy.
The main objective of the course is to give students broad knowledge of Norway. The course focuses on three main aspects of the country; the economy, the history and the political situation. It combines a descriptive approach with analysis of the factors that differentiate Norway from other countries.
After completing the course, students will:
- understand the main features of Norway's economy and political system
- know the most important periods in modern Norwegian history, as well as key historical persons
- be familiar with some of the basic features of Norwegian society
After completing the course, students will be able to:
- discuss how Norway has managed to rise towards the top in international indices
- present the main sectors of the Norwegian economy, both currently and historically
- give a broad overview of Norwegian history over the last 200 years
- be able to describe and discuss some of the most important factors that distinguish Norway and Norwegian politics from other countries, in Europe as well as internationally
Students will acquire a familiarity with Norway that enables them to:
- contextualize information about Norway
- analyse and present information about Norway
- participate in discussions about the country with both specialists and non-specialists
Traditional lectures, group work, hand-ins, class presentations, excursions.
Due to a focus on student interaction, we aim to offer physical lectures.
Participation in class activities is one factor necessary for course approval. Preparation for class is expected. Due to COVID, the absolute requirements will be softened - however, I expect that you participate in the teaching and the activities when you can. If participation is inadequate (infrequent, passive, inattentive, tardy) you may be asked to perform additional tasks to make up the necessary credits. Do not worry - if you contribute positively whenever you can, you will fulfil this requirement.
Curiosity about Norway.
Credit reduction due to overlap
The course can not be taken by students who have taken the course SAM21.
Requirements for course approval
Course approval requires
- Participation in class activities (in previous semesters, this meant at least 75 percent of the class hours). Preparation for class is expected. Due to COVID, the absolute requirements may be softened - however, I expect that you participate in the teaching and the activities when you can. If participation is inadequate (infrequent, passive, inattentive, tardy) you may be asked to perform additional tasks to make up the necessary credits. Do not worry - if you contribute positively whenever you can, you will fulfil this requirement.
- Students that are unable to reach this goal, will be asked to perform additional tasks to make up the necessary credits. Preparation for class is expected.
- Two short (approximately 300-400 words) "encyclopaedia 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 two entries to be shared online with the other students, making up the knowledge base.
- A class presentation, written as part of a group of 3-5 students. The course instructor will provide a list of potential topics.
- An essay (approximately 2000 words/ four pages), written individually, on a topic chosen by the student, and accepted by the course instructor
- A "reflection piece" (approximately 1000 words / two pages) where the student discusses the knowledge gained from the literature in the course, focusing either on individual articles, a combination of articles or the full curriculum
Oral school exam. A digital alternative will be available.
Duration: 15 minutes.
Grading is Pass/ Fail.
In special circumstances, for instance if it is necessary for the student to get approval from their home institution, the grading scale A-F can be used. Students have to choose grading scale when registering for the course, and the grading scale cannot be changed after the registration deadline.
Barth, Erling; Kalle Moene & Fredrik Willumsen (2015) "The Scandinavian model ¿ An interpretation," Journal of Public Economics 127 (2015), 17¿29
Overland, Indra (2016) "Norway: Public Debate and the Management of Petroleum Resources and Revenues," in Overland Indra (ed) Public Brainpower, Palgrave Macmillan
Lie, Einar (2016) "Context and Contingency: Explaining State Ownership in Norway," Enterprise & Society 17(4), 904-930
Ryggvik, Helge (2015) "A Short History of the Norwegian Oil Industry: From Protected National Champions to Internationally Competitive Multinationals," Business History Review 89, 3-41
Fiva, Jon H. & Daniel M. Smith (2017) "Norwegian parliamentary elections,1906-2013: representation and turnout across four electoral systems," West European Politics 40:6, 1373-1391
Wolforth, William C.; Benjamin de Carvalho; Halvard Leira & Iver B. Neumann (2017) "Moral authority and status in International Relations: Good states and the social dimension of status seeking," Review of International Studies, 1-21
The students will also contribute to making a 'knowledge database' which will form part of the written curriculum
- ECTS Credits
- Teaching language
Autumn. Offered Autumn 2021.
Professor Stig Tenold, Department of Economics (main course reponsible).
Professor Bjørn Lorens Basberg, Department of Economics.