POL1001 - Introduction to Political Science: Political Theory and Political Behaviour


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 5 hours E

Course content

This course offers an introduction to political behaviour and political theory. The class on Political Theory surveys political thinkers from Plato to Habermas, looking at their ideas about the politics, morality, rights and duties, and the place of religion in political life. In political behaviour, the students are offered an introduction to classical models on the topic of electoral behaviour, their theoretical development and relevant empirical studies of political participation, electoral behaviour, and opinion formation in Norway and other democracies.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the student shall:

  • have an overview of western political thinking
  • have knowledge of the central concepts in political theory, both from a classical perspective and from newer thinking
  • have knowledge of the key concepts and the most central models in the study of political behavior.
  • have a fundamental understanding of the Norwegian electoral system.

Skills - the student shall demonstrate the ability to:

  • situate political science works within the context of a specific academic history and perspective.
  • account for the central theoretical contributions in political thinking, both in a written and oral manner, and be able to use them in the light of contemporary conditions.
  • apply core concepts and basic models in political behavior in one's own analysis and to critically evaluate which approaches are best suited for one's research issue.
  • demonstrate independence in the preparation of a semester assignment which fulfills the criteria for scientific writing.

Learning methods and activities

4 hours of lectures per week throughout the semester, 2 hours of group discussion and term paper supervision. Term paper(s) must be approved in order to take the exam. Number of required term papers will be announced at the start of the term. The term paper(s) may be a joint project of up to 3 students. A list of possible topics will be presented. The lectures are partly held in Norwegian and partly in English.

Compulsory assignments

  • Term paper(s). Number and requirements will be announced at the start of the semester

Further on evaluation

Form of assessment: 5-hour written exam.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

To be decided at the start of the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SVPOL104 15.0
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Social Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Political Science
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Sociology and Political Science


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 E 2023-11-24 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL111+SL210 Sluppenvegen 14 8
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 E 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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