autumn 2022
BNS-1012 Nordic and Russian Governance in a Comparative Perspective - 10 ECTS

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June 

Exchange students and Fulbright students: 15 April  

Type of course

The course is an elective for the Bachelor of Northern Studies.

The subject can be taken as a single course. 

Admission requirements

Admission requirements:

Nordic applicants: Generell studiekompetanse. Admission procedures for foreign applicants, please read:

Admission code: 9199

Course content

This course introduces students to Nordic and Russian government systems and principles. The course addresses the following topics:

  • Comparative political analyses, Norway and Russia.
  • Democracy, foundation and development.
  • Civic society, parties and pressure groups in political systems.
  • Legislative - executive relations.  
  • Parliamentary government and Russian government formation.
  • Consensual democracies - the case of Norway - the Nordic model.
  • Regional and local political organisation in Russia and Norway.

Similarities and differences comparing the Nordic and the Russian model of government.

Objectives of the course

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:


  • Explain the structure of government in Russia and the Nordic countries.
  • Explain patterns of political participation in Russia and the Nordic countries.
  • Discuss the differences between Russian and the Nordic countries' governance in the context of history.


  • Explain the main differences in political institutions.
  • Give an outline of the party systems and describe the main political parties.
  • Describe some of the most important NGOs.
  • Explain the Nordic model.
  • Explain the Russian federal system.
  • Explain the Norwegian system of local and regional government.

General competence

  • Reflect critically on political systems and political institutions.
  • Think and write analytically about differences between political systems and political institutions.
  • Assess how the Nordic countries and Russia can cooperate.

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

Mainly teacher presentations, group work and group discussions.

Quality assurance; Before the end of every course, an evaluation of the course will be arranged in collaboration with the teacher and the student.


Examination: Date: Duration: Grade scale:
Assignment 14.12.2022 14:00 (Hand in) 1 Semesters A–E, fail F

Coursework requirements:

To take an examination, the student must have passed the following coursework requirements:

Assignments to teacher-supplied questions Approved – not approved
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Individual final term-paper

Re-sit examination

If you fail your exam there will be a re-sit examination.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Alta |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: BNS-1012
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