IPA113 Regional development in the European Union

1 semester
Course code: 
Credits (ECTS): 
Level of study: 
Foundation level (bachelor’s degree level)
Full course name in Norwegian Nynorsk: 
Regional development in the European Union
Program of study: 
Erasmus Exchange Programme
Teaching semester: 
2021 Autumn
Assessment semester: 
2021 Autumn
Language of instruction: 
Required prerequisite knowledge

60 ECTS in social science courses or equivalent.

Course content

At the start of the course basic information, which is crucial for the understanding of European Union policies, is presented. This includes the motivation for the creation of the European Union, the organizational structure and institutions, and the distribution of competencies between the European Union and member states, among others. The understanding is deepened through discussions on up-do-date topics (e.g. the Corona crisis and the effects of Brexit) and exercises.

After that, the course focuses on regional development. Indicators on how to measure regional disparities and major theories on regional development serve as a theoretical basis. The focus of the course then moves on to the regional development policies of the European Union, as well as to facts about regional disparities in the EU – both in general and in a number of selected regions, which serve as case studies. 

An excursion to a member country of the European Union towards the end of the course will help illustrate the practice of EU policies and their impact on a member country (the trip will only be held if the Corona situation allows).

Learning outcome

In accordance with the national qualification framework, the student will have achieved the following learning outcomes after completing the course:

Learning outcome knowledge

The students should gain knowledge and understanding of the motivation behind the creation of the European Union; how the most important institutions of the European Union work; important EU policies, especially in the field of regional development; theories on regional development. 

Learning outcome skills

The students should have improved their skills in writing university college papers and in holding oral presentations.

Learning outcome qualification

The students should be able to reflect on important theories and tools in the field of regional development, and their application to reduce regional disparities in the EU. They should furthermore be able to critically reflect on both the advantages and the challenges of the cooperation of countries within the European Union, and on the implications of Norway's position outside the European Union.

Working and learning activities

The course is held in Volda from August to November. The course in Volda will be a mix of lectures, discussions, group exercises and presentations of papers by students. All classes will be in English.

Assessment requirements

The requirements for the course are:

Written paper (can be written in English or in Norwegian). The paper must be handed in and accepted before the exam.

Oral presentation of the paper.

Participation in the excursion is obligatory. If a student is unable to participate, he or she will have to write a second paper (2000-3000 words) instead. This will be a group work for groups of 2-3 students.

Attendance in class is not obligatory, but for those students who are present less than 80 % of the time, there will be a multiple choice test to ensure that these students have followed the progress of the class.


Minimum number of students: 
Maximum number of students: 
50 (IPA113 and IPA213 combined)
Person in charge: 
Nathalie Homlong
This course is part of these study programs
Erasmus Exchange Programme
Form of assessmentGroupingDurationType of durationGrading scaleProportionCommentSupported materialScope
OppgaveIndividual1SemestersA-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing gradeThe final evaluation is based on a paper (4000-5000 words).
Form of assessment:Oppgave
Type of duration:Semesters
Grading scale:A-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing grade
Supported material:
Scope:The final evaluation is based on a paper (4000-5000 words).
Approval signature: 
Randi Bergem 19.02.2021