STV4228B – Game Theory and International Cooperation

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Course content

The course introduces students to game-theoretic models and how such models can be used to analyze core research questions in the study of international cooperation.

The course pays particular attention to N-person static and repeated games. The aim is to qualify students to develop and use such models independently, for example in their master thesis.

Learning outcome


The following topics receive particular attention:

  • The enforcement of international agreements
  • The relationship between treaty participation, enforcement, and compliance
  • The prospects for cooperation between actors concerned with relative gains
  • Scholarly applications of game theory, including applications to the international climate regime, international sanctions, and EU expansion


You will learn to:

  • Read and understand game-theoretic work on international cooperation
  • Identify and assess the efficiency and plausibility of different types of equilibria in a game- theoretic model
  • Construct and analyze game-theoretic models relevant for the study of international Cooperation
  • Develop game-theoretic models for use in your master thesis


You will learn to:

  • Increase your general analytical competence
  • Enhance your ability to use game theory as part of a larger research project in political science.
  • Develop your ability to critically assess the fruitfulness of political science work that uses game theory


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.

Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

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

Apply for guest student status if you are admitted to another Master's programme.

For incoming students

All Master's courses in Political Science must be registered manually by the Department, they will not appear in Studentweb. Contact your international coordinator at UiO.


Recommended previous knowledge

Bachelor's degree in Political Science or similar



Lectures are held during five weeks, with examination in the sixth week.


3-hour written examination and term paper.

The term paper must:

The written examination counts more than the term paper. You receive one overall grade. You must pass the term paper and the written examination in the same semester.

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

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or 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.



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

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.

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.


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






Spring 2017

This course is not given on a regular basis


Spring 2017

This course is not given on a regular basis

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