POL8520 - The European Union - Rural and Regional Political Economy


This course is no longer taught and is only available for examination. For a complete course description, see previous academic years.

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

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:

  • be in the forefront of knowledge of the central discussions and new political science research on the European Union 
  • contribute to the development of new knowledge on the European Union 

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 is at a high international level

Learning methods and activities

Lectures/group discussions. Supervision of term paper. The essay is to be an independent discussion of a topic taught in lectures, and is to consist of 20 pages. If 6 or fewer students sign up for a planned course during the first 2 teaching weeks, the course will be offered as an instructed reading course.

Required previous knowledge

Master’s degree in Political Science or equivalent

Course materials

To be decided at the start of the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
POL3516 10.0 01.09.2017
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Version: 1
Credits:  10.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • 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 Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100
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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