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STV4225 – International Security Policy

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Course content

This course will analyse security policy in the post-cold war period, emphasizing the US and Europe. We will focus on institutions in Europe (NATO and the EU, as well as the role of the UNSC); their security policy and inter-relationship, as well as the role of the US. Post-national military integration in Europe is analysed as the basis for this political development as well as new analytical approaches to security policy and the use of force in the European region. The course also briefly analyses new types of security threats (terrorism, WMDs) and cases of crisis management (Balkans, Caucasus).

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Learning outcome

The aim of the course is two-fold; one, to acquaint the student thoroughly with the rapidly evolving European security policy, and two; to relate empiricial developments to theories within the field of international relations at a time when the analytical paradigms of the Cold War period carry increasingly less relevance. Throughout the course we will inter-relate empirical and theoretical issues with the aim of refining existing security policy approaches.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Bachelore's Degree programme in Political Science or equivalent.

Recommended previous knowledge

Bachelore's Degree programme in Political Science or equivalent.


There will be given both lectures and seminars. Guest lectures by Lt. General Sverre Diesen, Military Director-General of the Ministry of Defence, and Senior Researcher Dr. Morten B. Mærli, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs.


The form of assessment is a written essay (10-15 pages) and a 3 hour final exam. The final exam count 60%, and you will receive one overall grade for the course.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

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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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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

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STV4225B International Security Policy, 10 ECTS-credits

The course is offered with both 10 and 15 ECTS credits depending on whether the student writes an essay in addition to the final exam (A-version) or just take the final exam (B-version). The B-version (10 ECTS credits) is only open for students on the hovedfag, and who were admitted to the programme in spring 2003 or earlier. Hospitants are allowed to take the B-version. This arrangement will last until the spring term 2005. The B-version is identical to the A-version except for the form of exam.

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Spring 2004 and Spring 2005


Spring 2004 and Spring 2005

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