POL3001 - Theories of Democracy


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The course examines definitions of and conditions for democracy, rooted in Western political theory. The relationship between the individual and the state, constitutions and individual rights are also discussed.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the student shall:

  • have knowledge of the definitions of the assumptions of democracy that are rooted in western political theory.
  • have knowledge of the relationship between individuals and the state, constitutions and individual rights.

Skills - the student shall demonstrate the ability to:

  • discuss theories about democracy in both an oral and written manner.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures/group discussions, equivalent to 4 hours per week throughout the semester. The course may be taught intensive in the first half of the semester. Students are expected to participate in class activities, including presentations, and are required to deliver compulsory assignments. The language of instruction can be English or Norwegian.

Compulsory assignments

  • Obligatory group activity. Specific requirements will be announced at the beginning of the term.

Further on evaluation

Form of assessment: Term paper responding to a given prompt. Length of term paper: 8500-9000 words. Students that do not pass the obligatory group activity will not be allowed to deliver a term paper.

Required previous knowledge

45 credits in Political Science including SOS1002 or the equivalent. The requirement must be fulfilled to be admitted to the course.

Course materials

To be decided at the start of the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SVPOL300 15.0
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

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

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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