SOS2501 - Norwegian Society


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2021/2022

Course content

The course covers 4 main topics that deal with characteristics of the Norwegian society: Norwegian politics and economy, the welfare state, organizations and working life, and family and youth. Comparative analyses of Norway within other national and international settings will also be addressed. A central theme throughout is the concept of the "Scandinavian Model" or "Nordic Model", which refers to the combination of a market-based economy with a substantial welfare State and an emphasis on participative democracy and equality goals across social dividing lines such as gender and class. The course both explains this model and critiques exaggerated claims as to its realization. This course is primarily intended for foreign exchange students, and the lectures and assignments are given in English. The course will only be offered when there are at least 5 exchange students who wish to take it. The course is only offered in the fall. Please note that this course cannot be included in the major in Sociology.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the student shall:

* achieve an overview of the central approaches and concepts within the fields of Sociology and Political Science regarding issues within Norwegian Society.

Skills - the student shall demonstrate the ability to:

* through the use of different theoretical approaches, be able to understand Norwegian Society and its key characteristics.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures 4 hours a week, written assignment and tutorials. All lectures and tutorials will be in English. Compulsory activities: Written assignment. The compulsory activities can only be completed in the fall semester.

Compulsory assignments

  • Written assignment

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

To be decided at the start of the course

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I



Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Sociology and Political Science


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