POL2025 - America in the World


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2024/2025

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and school exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 60/100
School exam 40/100 3 hours E

Course content

The course discusses the USA's role in the world as a great power. It identifies factors that account for the USA's dominant position in world society and which influence US relations with other countries. While the course focuses on contemporary US foreign policy, it also examines US history and culture as necessary for understanding the sources of US foreign policy behavior.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the student shall:

  • know the history of the USA and its political system
  • have knowledge of the forces behind the foreign policy of the USA

Skills - the student shall demonstrate the ability to:

  • use theory to shed light on current issues in American foreign and domestic policies
  • demonstrate independence in the preparation of a semester assignment which fulfills the criteria for scientific writing.

Learning methods and activities

4 hours of lectures/seminars per week throughout the semester.

Compulsory assignments

  • Participation in compulsory part of seminar activities

Further on evaluation

Form of assessment: Assignment/paper and a 3-hour school exam. Length of paper: approximately 4500 words (worth 60% of the grade). The school exam is worth 40% of the grade. If you fail or want to re-take the exam, you can either re-take one or both evaluation forms.

Course materials

To be decided at the start of the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
POL2020 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II



Language of instruction: English

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: Assignment and school exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 40/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Assignment 60/100 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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