POL2900 - Bachelor's Thesis Political Science


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Bachelor thesis with an adjusting oral exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Bachelor thesis with an adjusting oral exam 100/100

Course content

Through their work on their BA-thesis the students are supposed to study a specific subject of their own choosing based on one of the four subfields within political science - international relations, comparative politics, political behavior and/ or public policy and administration. Tutoring of the thesis will be given. Different courses relevant to the work on the thesis will be held, and some are compulsory and some are optional. Finally, the students are trained through the writing and presentation of their own thesis to become familiar with the "scientific way of thinking".

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the student shall:

  • be able to work independently with an academic question
  • be able to write an academic work (Bachelor's dissertation) which fulfills the basic requirements of scientific production and argumentation
  • be able to reflect over and choose which theoretical and methodological approach is most appropriate to use to answer the given problem

Skills - the student shall demonstrate the ability to:

  • limit a specialized theme, formulate a research question, carry out an academically defensible analysis and report results in the form of a Bachelor's Dissertation
  • present their own academic work
  • participate in critical, academic discussions concerning their own work

Learning methods and activities

Seminars, courses and individual supervision. Parts of the course will be taught in English.

Compulsory assignments

  • Submit project draft and participate in compulsory courses

Further on evaluation

Assessment: Thesis/essay and oral examination. The oral exam will be used to adjust the grade of the Bachelor's Thesis by a maximum of one grade. Length of paper: 6500-8000 words. The thesis must be an individual work.

Required previous knowledge

60 credits including SOS1002 or equvialent course in research methods. The requirement must be fulfilled to be admitted to the course.

Course materials

Provided at the start of the semeste

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: 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: Bachelor thesis with an adjusting oral exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Bachelor thesis with an adjusting oral exam 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Bachelor thesis with an adjusting oral exam 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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