BAL3100 Integration and Challenges of Modern Society Emneplan

Engelsk emnenavn
Integration and Challenges of Modern Society
10 stp.


This course covers the main topics concerning societal integration and societal trends in modern society. What are the basic disadvantages of a highly modern integrated society? What is political development and the role of the work? In this course the students are invited to reflect on these and other questions related to these topics.

Language of instruction is English.




After completing the course, the student should have the following overall learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student has knowledge of

  • basic questions related to integration
  • questions and problems concerning modernity
  • questions concerning state, bureaucracy, and nation building
  • the meaning of work in the New Capitalism


The student is able to  

  • reflect on the relationship between political development and the state
  • reflect on what constitutes racism
  • analyze empirical knowledge and discuss questions related to the development of national building
  • consider the central arguments for and against societal integration
  • consider the views on the role of work in New Capitalism

General competence

 The student will be able to:

  • critically discuss and reflect on ethical consequences of major theories on integration and modernity
  • convey knowledge connected to major topics on integration and challenges in modern society

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

The subject is organized into lectures, and discussions.

Arbeidskrav og obligatoriske aktiviteter

No coursework requirements or compulsory activities.

Vurdering og eksamen

The exam in the course is a supervised exam of 5 hours. The exam can be written in English or Norwegian.

Hjelpemidler ved eksamen

The following aids are permitted:

  • One bilingual dictionary (English-Norwegian or English-foreign language)


Graded scale A-F


The exam papers are assessed by one internal and one external examiner.

At least 25% of the exam papers will be assessed by two examiners. The grades awarded for the papers assessed by two examiners form the basis for determining the level for all the exam papers.


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