Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism Bergen

For students

The Centre is involved in the education of Master’s and PhD students at the University of Bergen.

DIPA Research Group (seminars and supervision)

The Centre is involved in educational activities through the research group RPV (Rett, Politikk og Velferd) at the Department of Government. We have weekly research seminars open to Master’s and PhD students:

LDW-seminar (bi-weekly). Internal seminar for the research group. Masters and PhD students can present their work, and we discuss relevant research literature and topics of interest.

RDV-webinar (bi-weekly). Webinar-series as a collaboration between Center for Research on Discretion and PaternalismCenter for Law and Social Transformation (CMI/UiB) and the research group Rett, demokrati og velferd (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences). Guest lectures and research presentations from group members.

  • Where: Christies gate 17 / online on Zoom.
  • When: Thursdays 14.15-15.30 (alternates between LDW and RDV).

Interdisciplinary Master’s Course

The master’s course “AORG325: Discretion and Paternalism” allows students to examine the relationship between the state and the individual, and major challenges in the modern welfare state. It provides a unique opportunity for students interested in research on power, the welfare state, and decision-making.

This intensive three-month course is offered yearly (spring semester), and includes lectures,  discussions and essay writing. The course has a cross-disciplinary approach, including perspectives from political science, sociology, law, philosophy and psychology. It is open to all students registered at the University of Bergen with a bachelor’s degree in the social sciences, law or psychology.

  • Teaching semester: Spring (the course will not be held in 2022)
  • Credits: 15 ECTS
  • Course coordinator: Prof. Marit Skivenes
  • Read more: Course pageCourse description


Inspiration for theses
We have a collection of research topics and research questions that are relevant for students writing a their master’s or doctoral theses. Go to page

We have several volunteering options for students. Volunteering can be a good way to get relevant experience in research projects, research communication and research methods. Go to page

Students from other institutions
Students from other departments or institutions that have an interest in discretion, paternalism and/or childrens right’s are also welcome to connect with the Centre. Please contact Marit Skivenes