STV2217B – Rational Choice Models and International Conflict
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
The course offers an introduction to different types of rational choice (RC) models and introduces the students to potential applications of such models in the study of international conflict. Particular emphasis is placed on credibility aspects related to the use of threats in international politics. Topics that are being covered include:
- Conditions for a threat to be effective
- Techniques for enhancing a threat’s credibility
- Nuclear deterrence
- Economic sanctions
- RC explanations of war
- RC explanations of terrorism
can describe the logics of rational choice models
can apply game-theory logic to address questions in international politics
- Extract the underlying logic of game-theoretical models
- Read and understand scholarly work on international conflict that uses game theory
- Increased your general analytical competence
- Enhanced your ability to use game theoretic logic in your own work
Recommended previous knowledge
Advanced student in a Bachelor program in political science or equivalent and have taken an introduction to international politics course, such as STV1200.
10 credits overlap with STV4217B – Rational Choice Models and International Conflict
4 hour exam
The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.
Language of examination
You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
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
Resit an examination
Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.
Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.
The course is only offered this semester.
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.