This course is discontinued

STV1240 – International military operations

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Course content

This course will introduce students to the challenges of contemporary security issues in peace and stabilization operations. Since the end of the Cold War, international terrorism and humanitarian concerns have changed the nature of military operations in ways that challenge the traditional theoretical thinking about security, including who the actors are, the purposes for using military force, and how best to deal with them.

The course will give an introduction to the alternative theories explaining why actors engage in international peace and stabilisation operations. The course will discuss international terrorism and insurgencies, and the protection of civilians, as two important drivers of contemporary military operations.

Additionally, the course looks into different types of military operations 

  • UN operations.
  • Counter-regime operations.
  • Counter-insurgencies.
  • Military assistance operations.
  • Cyber operations – in order to highlight their key characteristics.

Learning outcome


Students will:

  • Learn about theories relevant both for analysing the reasons for operations and for why nations take part.
  • Learn about the key characteristics of different types of operations – UN operations, counter-regime operations, counter-insurgencies, military assistance operations, and cyber operations – in order to highlight their differences.
  • Obtain an understanding about the strengths and weaknesses of military and non-military instruments of power.
  • Be given an overview of how international military operations may change in the future.


Students will:

  • Enhance their capabilities to evaluate the legitimacy and efficiency relating the use of force and civil-military relations.
  • Be able to analyse and discuss dimensions and challenges related to different types of international military operations.


Students will:

  • Enhance their capabilities to analyse the challenges relating to the use of force in an international politics.
  • Acquire an understanding about the strengths and weaknesses of military and non-military instruments of power, and to spur their thinking about how these  may be reconciled.


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.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with STV2240 – International military operations (discontinued)




4 hour written exam.

Previous exams

STV1240 has replaced STV2240.Previous exams for STV2240 can be found under "Examination" at the course page of STV2240 – International military operations (discontinued).

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.You may submit your response 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

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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






This course does no longer offer teaching.


The exam will be held for the last time autumn 2018 for students who wish to resit the exam.

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