European Cooperation and the Nordic Dimension - Past, Present and Future Challenges


This course aims to increase knowledge and understanding of historical roots and backgrounds of the Nordic countries' modern welfare structures, Nordic cooperation and the how the emergence of the European Union affect Nordic states and the Nordic cooperation.

Admission requirements

English B and 60 higher education credits in Social Science or Art studies.


credits 100%


Syllabus for students spring 2016

Course Code:
ES411L revision 1
Swedish name:
Europeiskt samarbete och den nordiska dimensionen - historiska, nutida och framtida utmaningar
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
No main fields
Date of ratification:
19 October 2015
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
18 January 2016

Entry requirements

English B and 60 higher education credits in Social Science or Art studies.

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

The course is not part of a main field of study.


The main aim of this course is to develop the students’ knowledge and understanding of the modern welfare regimes in the Nordic countries – the so-called ‘Nordic Model’. It examines their historical roots and development; the role of Nordic cooperation in this development; and the major societal challenges facing both model and the wider European cooperation in a globalized world. As part of the University’s mission to build links between academic and societal stakeholders, another aim is to create a forum for interaction among students from different parts of the world and societal stakeholders.


The course includes three parts. The first is a self-study period of the basic course literature, in order to create a knowledge base and to introduce theoretical and conceptual perspectives relevant for the course.This part includes a web-based seminar and the wr[IE1] iting of an individual paper on the literature. The second part is campus-based and can be connected to a public event. This part consists of seminars related to the literature, with a focus on in-depth studies and discussions related to Nordic societal development over time; the cooperation between the Nordic states in the Nordic Council and in EU; and political, legal and cultural perspectives on the Nordic countries and EU. During this part students also do a study visit at the Representation of the Nordic Council of Ministers in Copenhagen. The third part includes active participation with interviews and observations at Europaforum in Hässleholm, and a final course paper based on those studies and reflections.

Learning outcomes

To pass the course the student shall show:

  1. Basic knowledge and understanding of similarities and differences in the Nordic countries historical development and Welfare Regimes
  2. Basic knowledge and understanding of the role of Nordic cooperation for development and security after 1945
  3. Basic knowledge and understanding of the Nordic states’ future challenges and potentials in the framework of the Nordic dimension, European Union and globalisation
  4. Capacity for active participation in seminars, study visits and events related to the content of the course
Capacity to develop and produce minor studies, and write a report where the result of, and critical reflections on, the study are presented

Learning activities

The course is built on individual literature studies, seminars, lectures, study visits, presentations, preparations and participation during Europaforum Hässleholm, field work and the production of one individual paper and a written group report.


Evaluation of students achievement is done through:
a/ Individual written paper. 2,5 credits (Learning Outcome 1, 2 and 3)
b/ a portfolio where Learning outcomes 1-3 are evaluated based on presentations and seminar activity, Learning outcome 4 based on active participation in seminars, study visits, and other common activities. 2 credits.
c/ Group project with preparations, participant observation and interviews presented in a group report 3 credits (Learning outcome 4 and 5)
Re-exam for the written report is done in the same way as at the first examination opportunity. Seminars, study visits and presentations are re-examined based on individual instructions from the examiner.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

  • Hilson, Mary, The Nordic Model – Scandinavia since 1945, Reaktion Books 2008/2013
  • Labour Market Mobility in Nordic Welfare States, Nordiska Ministerrådet, 2010
  • The Nordic countries and the European Security and Defence Policy/ edited by Alyson J. K. Bailes, Gunilla Herolf and Bengt Sundelius. Imprint Oxford Univ. Press; Solna, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute [Stockholms internationella fredsforskningsinstitut] (SIPRI), 2006
  • Articles and chapters related to the activities of the Nordic Council, The Nordic Council of Ministers and the European Union deemed relevant for the course up to 300 pages

Course evaluation

The University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).

Interim rules

If a course ceases to be available or has undergone any major changes, the students are to be offered two opportunities to retake the examination during the year following the change for re-examination, based on the syllabus which applied at registration.

Other Information

The Language of instruction is English.


The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the department Department of Global Political Studies.

Further information

Inge Eriksson, Course Coordinator
Phone: 040-6657287