EUR3414 - Differentiated Integration: The Norwegian Case in Perspective


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 1 weeks

Course content

European integration is no longer just a question of EU membership. Because of the EU’s deepening and widening, differentiated integration has become a key feature. In light of the British Leave vote and a certain enlargement fatigue, this is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. Against this backdrop, and with the Norwegian case as a point of departure, this module offers in-depth knowledge of and critical perspectives on the manifold forms and degrees of present-day differentiated integration within and outside the EU. It responds to the strong demand from society and professionals for up-to-date knowledge and expertise on the workings of Norway's particular association with the EU in various issue areas through the European Economic Area (EEA) as well as other countries (e.g. Turkey, Ukraine, Iceland and Switzerland) utilizing a comparative approach. Of particular interest are also the relations between the United Kingdom and the EU after the former leaving the bloc in January 2020. The course also examines ways of differentiated integration within the EU which several member states (e.g. Denmark and Sweden, both remaining outside the Eurozone) have chosen for. In bringing to light the multiple, variegated and frequently overlooked ways in which the EU allows for integration and cooperation among countries whether or not they are member states, it also counters the tendency of many citizens - within and outside the EU - to think of membership in binary terms.

Learning outcome

Successful candidates are expected to have acquired the following knowledge and skills:


Candidates have

  • in-depth knowledge of and critical perspectives on the manifold forms and degrees of present-day differentiated integration;
  • in-depth and theoretically informed understanding of the reasons for and implications of Norway’s and other countries' current association with the EU across policy-areas as well as of several EU member states' decision to not fully integrate.


Candidates are able to

  • assess and compare different associations with the EU and/or aspects thereof as well as various models of differentiated integration within the EU in a theoretically informed manner
  • communicate their knowledge orally and in writing, using the appropriate terminology.

Learning methods and activities

Throughout the course, students work on a individual research paper, the purpose of which is to enhance students' ability to apply knowledge and tools to real-world challenges and to communicate their knowledge in a clear and professional manner. In addition, the semester assignment will take the form of a position paper (in groups of 2). It is expected that the semester assignment and the examination (the research paper) must be completed in English. Exceptions must be clarified with the course coordinator.

Compulsory assignments

  • Position Paper

Further on evaluation

Students must pass the compulsory assignment (position paper) in order to be allowed to submit their research paper. Examination: Research paper (individual work, graded). It is expected that assignment and examination are completed in English. Exceptions must be clarified with the lecturer responsible for the course.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Available at the start of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
EUR3409 7.5 AUTUMN 2017
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2022

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • European Studies
  • History
  • Teacher Education
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Historical and Classical Studies


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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