POL2023 - Seminar in Political Theory


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 30/100
Assignment 70/100

Course content

This course provides a basic introduction to political theory. Its content will vary by semester, depending upon student demand and the available instructor. Possible subject include obligation, deliberation, representation, theories of the state, justice, etc. The objective of this seminar is to get students to think critically about the nature of politics and political relationships. The course is designed as a seminar, so a limit of 12 people will be set.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the student shall:

  • have detailed knowledge of the influential texts discussed in seminar and the specialized knowledge gathered from independent research

Skills - the student shall demonstrate the ability to:

  • think critically about political concepts and develop their own rhetorical and deductive analytical skills

Learning methods and activities

2 hours of seminars per week throughout the semester. The first half of the course will consist of reading-based seminars, organized by the teacher, but without lectures. Students are expected to take responsibility for the course readings and be prepared to discuss them in seminar. The second half of the course will consist of student presentations, where groups of students take responsibility for the course content each week. The course will be conducted in either English or Norwegian, depending on the consensus. Compulsory assignement: Students will be responsible for organizing a class discussion (1 hour) on a particular topic or theorist (to be chosen along with the teacher).

Compulsory assignments

  • Organizing a class discussion

Further on evaluation

Evaluation form: Two assignments. Prior to the class discussion, the student will prepare a 5-page document to be shared with fellow students (and subsequently evaluated, worth 30% of the total grade). At the end of the semester, an independent research paper (under 9000 words) will be due (worth 70% of final grade). Both papers must be retaken if the exam is repeated.

Specific conditions

Required previous knowledge

SOS1002 or an equivalent and one of the courses POL1000, POL1001, POL1002 or an equivalent. The requirement must be fulfilled to be admitted to the course.

Course materials

Provided at the start of the semester

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023
Extraordinary deadline for course registration: 2023-06-01

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Sociology and Political Science


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 30/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Assignment 70/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 30/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 70/100
Room Building Number of candidates
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