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ISS2012 - 1850_syllabus

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Scandinavian Government and Politics, Summer 2012
Course Plan and Syllabus
Course Code
: ISSSV 1850
Course Name
: Scandinavian Government and Politics
Course Leader
: Jeff Lugowe (j.a.lugowe@iss.uio.no)
: 8:15-10:00, M-F
Guide to abbreviations
: C = compendium/course pack; D = digital article accessible oncourse website
Course description:
This course critically analyzes the Norwegian political system in a comparative Scandinavianperspective. The course takes up the following themes: the development of the Norwegian andScandinavian multiparty system; nation-building and evolving national identity in Norway; theScandinavian welfare state; globalization and European integration as experienced fromNorway; and the challenges and opportunities presented by migration to Norway andScandinavia and the increasing cultural and ethnic diversity it has brought.
Course requirements:
The course will comprise a mixture of lectures, group work, class discussions, studentpresentations, films and excursions. All students are expected to:
 Attend class regularl
- This is an intensive course that meets daily over six weeks. Becauseof its fast-paced nature, daily class attendance and participation in all excursions is mandatory.
Participate actively 
- Students are expected to come to class having completed the assignedreadings and prepared to contribute to class discussion.
Take the final exam
- Students are required to sit the written final examination, which will beheld during the last week of classes. Admission to the exam is contingent on students havingattended at least 75% of class sessions during the term.
 Assessment criteria:
Final exam:
Participation in class discussions, class exercises and contribution to the “Long Road to2013” group project:
Students are graded according to the UiO scale (A, B, C, D, E, F)
 Course readings:
 A compendium containing most of the required readings will be distributed on the first day of classes. All remaining course readings are accessible online via TalisAspire.
Date Topic/ Readings/ Lecturer Optional Readings
Week 1June 25
Introduction to the course and each other 
Themes of the course and required readingsOverview of semester scheduleCourse requirements and assessmentGetting to know each other June 26
Nation-building in the case of Norway
Hilson, Mary. "Introduction: The Historical Meanings of Scandinavia." 11-24 (C1)Heidar, Knut. "Chapter 1: Small-Scaled, Egalitarian, andTerritorially Based." 1-9 (C1)Hylland Eriksen, Thomas. "Being Norwegian in aShrinking World: Reflections on Norwegian Identity." 11-37 (D)Halvorsen, Knut andSteinar Stjernø (2008)."Chapter 1: From Povertyto a Welfare State." 9-24(C1)June 27
The development of the Norwegian and Scandinavianparty systems
Hilson, Mary. "Chapter 1: Consensual Democracies? TheNordic Political Model" (excerpts). 25-46 (C1)Heidar, Knut. "Chapter 2: People, Society and History."11-31 (C1)Wittrock, Björn. "The Making of Sweden" (excerpts). 52-63 (D)Viby Mogensen, Gunnar. "Danes and their Politicians"(excerpts). 14-19 (C1)Molin, Karl. "HistoricalOrientation" (excerpts).xvii-xxviii (C1)June 28
Norwegian politics, I.
Heidar, Knut. "Chapter 4: Political forces and politicalparticipation" (excerpts). 61-70 Arter, David. "The Scandinavian party system(s) since1970: less uni-dimensional and less distinctive?" 46-62.June 29
Norwegian politics, II.
The Economist. “Norway’s election: rich but worried.”Film:
Folk flest bor i Kina
Utopia: Nobody is perfect in a perfect country 
(NO)Rokkan, Stein. "Chapter 3:Norway - numericaldemocracy and corporatepluralism." 70-115
Week 2
July 02
Social democracy in Scandinavia
Eriksen, Erik Oddvar. "Norwegian social democracy andpolitical governance." 131-148 (C1)Therborn, Göran. "A unique chapter in the history of democracy: the Social Democrats in Sweden." 1-33Meyer, Henning. "European Social Democracy in Crisis."67-69 (D)The Economist. "The strange death of social-democraticSweden." 1-3 (D)Tilton, Tim. "The role of ideology in SocialDemocratic politics." 409-427 (C2)
July 03
New social cleavages and the expansion of theScandinavian party spectrum
Hilson, Mary. "Chapter 1: Consensual Democracies? TheNordic Political Model" (excerpts). 46-55 (C1) Arter, David. “Chapter 5: The ‘earthquake elections’ of 1970-73 and the emergence of new party types.” 103-32
July 04
The populist/far-right in Scandinavia
 Albertazzi, Danielle and Duncan McDonnell. “Introduction:the sceptre and the spectre.” 1-11Bjørklund, Tor and Jørgen Goul Andersen. “Scandinaviaand the far right.”Hagelund, Anniken. “The Progress Party and the problemof culture: immigration politics and right-wing populism inNorway.” 147-163Rydgren, Jens. “Sweden: the Scandinavian exception.”135-150The Economist. “The far right in northern Europe: on themarch.”The Economist. “The Sweden Democrats: living with thefar right.”
Guest lecturer:
Tim Szlachetko, Barne- oglikestillingsdepartementet / Department of Children andEquality
July 05
Is this Norway? Exploring Oslo’s “ghettos”
Bangstad, Sindre. “The Morality Police are coming!Muslims in Norway’s media discourses.” (4 pages)
semi-structured walk around a neighborhoodwith a high concentration of non-ethnic Norwegians

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