Semesters

IPA213 The European Union and Regional development: theories and practice

Course code: 
IPA213
Duration: 
1 semester
Credits (ECTS): 
15
Level of study: 
Specialization level (bachelor’s degree level)
Emnenamn på Norwegian Nynorsk: 
The European Union and Regional development: theories and practice
Teaching semester: 
2020 Autumn
Program of study: 
Bachelor Degree in Planning and administration
Assessment semester: 
2020 Autumn
Language of instruction: 
English
Required prerequisite knowledge

60 ECTS in social science courses (in the case of IPAS-students IPA111 and IPA112) 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 refugee crisis and 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. The regional policies of the EU are then compared to regional policies in Norway. This part of the course includes also a day trip to the Maritime Cluster in Sunnmøre, to illustrate the practical side of regional policies in Norway, as well as challenges for the public sector in fostering development.

An excursion to a member country of the European Union (in fall of 2020 we will visit Portugal or Italy) towards the end of the course helps to illustrate the practice of EU policies and their impact on a member country. The policy areas, which this course focuses on in theory, are reviewed from the practical viewpoint of a member state of the EU.

Learning outcome

In accordance with the National Qualifications Framework the student will achieve the following learning outcomes after completing the course:

Learning outcome knowledge

The student will have 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, as well as regional development issues and policies in Norway
  • theories on regional development
Learning outcome skills

The student will have developed and improved skills in writing university college papers and holding oral presentations. 

Learning outcome qualification

The student 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 and in Norway 
  • 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. In September or October there will be a study trip to a member country of the European Union (in fall 2020: to Portugal or Italy), where we will look at how EU policies work in practice and what impact they have on the region we will visit. 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.

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: 
10
Maximum number of students: 
50 (IPA113 and IPA213 combined)
Person in charge: 
Nathalie Homlong
This course is part of these study programs
Bachelor in History
Bachelor Degree in Planning and administration
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Written ExamIndividual4HoursA-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing grade50Digital exam.The final evaluation is based on a 4 hour individual written exam and a paper (4000-5000 words). The written exam and the paper each account for 50 % of the final grade.
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Grading scale:A-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing grade
Proportion:50
Comment:Digital exam.
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Scope:The final evaluation is based on a 4 hour individual written exam and a paper (4000-5000 words). The written exam and the paper each account for 50 % of the final grade.
Form of assessment:Oppgave
Grouping:Individual
Duration:1
Type of duration:Semester
Grading scale:A-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing grade
Proportion:50
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Randi Bergem 21.02.2020