STV2230 - International Security Policy

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Course content

This course aims to introduce the students to security policy and strategic thinking and to give a thorough familiarity with the key concepts within this field. It combines theory and case studies and also covers the main actors and institutions in security governance (NATO, UN, US).

The course opens with a theoretical focus on the scope of security studies and on approaches to its study. The scope then narrows to military security issues (security and defense proper), discussing the two types of conflicts, conventional and asymmetric. It seeks to ‘streamline’ a theoretically focused approach to the empirical material, revisiting theory towards the end of the course. It also has a case on African conflicts and one on Norwegian security policy.

Learning outcome

Knowledge

The students will:

  • Become acquainted with international security and defence policy in empirical terms.
  • Become acquainted with the concept of strategy and strategic studies, as well as with theories of the study of security policy.
  • Become acquainted with the current debates in this field of scholarship.

Skills

The students will:

  • Be able to analyse problems of security in international politics strategically.
  • Be able to apply theories of security policy to empirical issues.
  • Be able to understand the dynamics of current inter-state rivalry as well as global threats and risks.
  • be able to structure academic texts with research questions that the student has chosen him-/herself or that are pre-defined.
  • be able to relate a research question to the academic literature in the area and assess how the choice of research question determines the choices of research design, the need for sources/data and the research method.
  • be able to communicate academic knowledge in writing and orally and provide constructive criticism of other students’ assignments.

Competence

The students will:

  • Acquire insight into what strategy means and its uses.
  • Acquire insight into the dynamics of state security as well as human security problems.
  • Enhance their analytical ability to analyse security policy.

Admission

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

This course is not available for single course students.

Prerequisites

Recommended previous knowledge

STV1200 - Internasjonal politikk or other introductory courses in international politics.

Teaching

Lectures and seminars.

Compulsory activities:

  • Attend the first seminar.
  • Present an outline for your course paper.
  • Write and present your course paper.
  • Comment on other students' papers and outlines.

The seminars are taught in English, and the papers handed in must be written in English.

See the seminar guidelines for more information about the seminars.

Absence from compulsory tuition activities.

If you are ill or have another valid reason for being absent from compulsory tuition activities, your absence may be approved or the compulsory activity may be postponed.

See the faculty's rules for reassignment of seminar groups.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.

Examination

3 hour written exam and course paper.

The written exam consists of a short essay and fact-oriented questions (with limited choice options).

The course paper must

The written exam counts 60 per cent of the grade and the course paper 40 per cent. In order to pass the course, the course paper and the written exam must be passed in the same semester as the course is taught. You will receive one overall grade for the course.

Previous exams

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Examination support material

Students may use dictionaries at this exam. Dictionaries must be handed in before the examination. Please read regulations for dictionaries permitted at the examination.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

It is recommended to request an explanation of your grade before you decide to appeal.

Appeal

Explanation

The deadline to request an explanation is one week after the grade is published. For oral and practical examinations, the deadline is immediately after you have received your grade.

The explanation should normally be given within two weeks after you have asked for it. The examiner decides whether the explanation is to be given in writing or verbally.

Ask for an explanation

Ask for an explanation - postponed exam

Resit an examination

If you are sick or have another valid reason for not attending the regular exam, we offer a postponed exam later in the same semester.

See also our information about resitting an exam.

If you have previously passed the mandatory activities, you do not have to repeat the activities in order to sit for the exam. Contact the teacher to get the assignment for the course paper.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Evaluation

The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course

Credits

10

Level

Bachelor

Teaching

Every autumn

Examination

Every autumn

Teaching language

English

Contact

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