STV4217B – Rational Choice Models and International Conflict
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Changes this semester due to the Corona situation: The school part of the exam will be replaced by a home exam, the time and extent of the exam will be the same.
The course introduces students to different types of rational choice (RC) models and to applications of RC models, particularly game-theoretical models, in the study of international conflict. You will learn game theory while at the same time enhancing your understanding and knowledge of specific topics in international conflict research.
The following topics are given particular attention:
- Nuclear deterrence
- The effectiveness of economic sanctions
- RC explanations of war
- RC explanations of terrorism
You will learn to:
- Construct and analyze game-theoretical models
- Read and understand scholarly work on international conflict that uses game theory
- Develop game-theoretical models for use in your master thesis.
- 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 political science work, both work that uses game theory and work that uses other approaches
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 (deadline 1 August / 5 January).
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.
3-hour written examination and term paper.
The term paper must:
- be between 3500-5000 words.
- be on a topic related to the curriculum but selected by the student
- meet the formal requirements for submission of written assignments
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
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.
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
Ask for a grade 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.
This course is evaluated half way through every semester and every four year the course undergoes a thorough evaluation.
An external auditor regularly evaluates the academic quality of the course and he/she makes a written report every year.