POL3516 - The European Union - Rural and Regional Political Economy


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2020/2021

Course content

It is expected that students already have basic knowledge about the EU, its history, institutions, etc. The course addresses core regional and rural dimensions of the European Union and the relationship between The EU and Norway (e.g. agricultural and food policy; rural development; regional and cohesion policies; fishery policy; energy and climate policy, trade policy). The course will approach these issues with a political economy framework. This implies that we study how political and institutional processes frame economic activity and vice versa, and that we highlight the multi-level character of EU politics and policies.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the student shall have knowledge of the central discussions and new research on important rural and regional dimensions of the European Union and the relationship between the EU and Norway.
Skills - the student shall demonstrate the ability to treat one of the themes which was discussed in instruction in an independent empirical analytical manner which fulfills the requirements for scientific writing, and be able to orally discuss and reflect over the themes which were discussed during teaching.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and seminars totaling 4 hours per week. Individual advice on term paper.

If less than 6 students attend the course the two first weeeks of teaching, the course will be given as an individual study course with supervision. Please contact the departement for further information.

Compulsory assignments

  • Participation in compulsory lectures and seminars

Further on evaluation

Form of assessment: Term paper and oral examination. Length of term paper: 6000-8000 words. The oral exam covers both the term paper and required reading. The oral exam will be used to adjust the final grade by a maximum of one grade. Both the term paper and the oral exam must be retaken at a repeat of the exam.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

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

Course materials

Available at the start of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
POL8516 10.0 01.09.2010
POL8520 10.0 01.09.2017
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level



Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Sociology and Political Science



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