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NABP2002 Introduction to Cooperation and Organizational Science

Course description for academic year 2024/2025

Contents and structure

During the course, students will gain a basic understanding of how individuals collaborate and organization’s function.

The subject builds on a specific theory of cooperation and collaboration (called the “Anatomy of Collaboration”), but also introduces other basic of theories of organization, leadership, interaction, and communication. The purpose is to enable students to understand and analyze the collaborative situations and organizational contexts they will be part of as navigators. The course also provides opportunities for students to reflect on their own communication and collaboration skills, and on how they contribute to a work community.

Learning Outcome


Upon completion of the course, the student will have acquired:

  • Robust knowledge of a specific generic theory (i.e. “The anatomy of collaboration”) and how to use it to understand specific instances of collaborations and cooperation
  • Knowledge about a select sample of other theories of what organisation and organized cooperation is
  • Knowledge about various perspectives on leadership
  • Criteria to evaluate the quality of cooperation
  • Knowledge about communication as an integral aspect of all cooperation
  • Knowledge of the culture concept, including “organizational culture”, “safety culture” and “intercultural communication”
  • Knowledge about trust and trustworthiness
  • Knowledge about conflicts


After completing the course, students can apply the knowledge above to:

  • Describe and analyze specific organizations and collaboration situations, based on relevant theory
  • Recognize how and why a variety of collaborative problems emerge and develop
  • Reflect on their own collaborative skills and use relevant theory to understand and improve them
  • Reflect on possible solutions to the collaborative problems that emerge


After completing the course, students can contribute to:

  • Improving or maintaining good collaboration within their organisations.

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge

NABP1003 Introduction to Cooperation and Organizational Science

Teaching methods

Individual work, group work, practical exercises, lectures.

Compulsory learning activities

There are four (4) mandatory assignment in the course; three (3) of which are group work and one (1) individual. These assignments will be assessed as pass/fail during the semester. If an assignment is not approved on the first attempt, students will have one (1) opportunity to redo it.

The assignments are valid for two (2) semesters.


Semester essay

Grading scale A-F

Examination support material


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Course reductions

  • NAB1028 - Samarbeid, organisasjon og kultur på skip - Reduction: 5 studypoints