Study plan

Introduction to Norwegian society, welfare, development and language

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Programme description

The package gives a brief overview on some vital social institutions in Norway, their functioning with regard to the principles of a welfare state, and an introduction to the Norwegian language. Lectures include an introduction to sociological theories on how to understand modern societies and a brief presentation of dynamics of the core social institutions: Family, Education, Religion, Work, Culture, and Politics. Further it provides a holistic and critical understanding of patterns of global and regional development in the 20th century. It gives an introduction to the field of development and an overview of the policies and strategies that shaped the patterns of Norwegian economic development.

The Norwegian language course is on a basic level and aims to enable you to read, understand and write an easy Norwegian text, and to understand and participate in an easy conversation in Norwegian.

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Admission requirements

Higher Education Entrance Qualification

Language requirement: see general guidelines for admission

This semester package is designed specifically for exchange students. Please go to Student exchange student-exchange at Nord for more information about becoming an exchange student at Nord University.


No special costs except semester registration fee and syllabus literature.

Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning

If an applicant does not fulfill the requirements for The Higher Education Entrance Qualification but has experience-based competence relevant to the field of study, he or she may apply for recognition of this competence in order to fulfill the admission requirements. See also General Arrangements for recognition of prior learning under the University Rules and Regulations.

Examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations can be found in Regulations for studies and exams at Nord University as well as the special regulations: Regulations for examination candidates at Nord. The Norwegian assessment and grading system uses the letter grades A-F, in which A denotes the best grade and F denotes failed. Grades can also be given as: passed /not passed or approved/ not approved.

Assessment methods

This program has individual written school exams and an oral examination, with regular Norwegian grading system (A-F)

Programme evaluation

The study programme is evaluated annually by students using course evaluation studies and by the programme director. The evaluations are included in the university's quality assurance system

Qualifications requirements and regulations

Here we refer to Regulations pertaining to studies and exams at Nord University as well as local regulations and directives, see University Rules and Regulations.
ECTS Credits 30 Study level Half-year programme and shorter Teaching language
Faculty of Social Sciences
Course location Bodø