STV4228B – Game Theory and International Cooperation

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Course content

This course teaches students to construct, analyze, and use game-theoretic models to examine important and recent developments in specific instances of international cooperation. It offers answers to questions such as why the Brexit process is so painful and what challenges the Paris Agreement must tackle to become successful.

Paying particular attention to N-person static and repeated games, the course qualifies students to develop and use such models independently, for example in their master thesis.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, the students have the following knowledge, skills and competences:


You have:

  • Understanding of the most important game-theoretic concepts
  • Familiarity with various equilibrium concepts and how to identify them
  • Awareness of which equilibrium concepts are appropriate for which types of models


You can:

  • Read and understand game-theoretic work on topics such as Brexit, EU expansion, the Paris Agreement, and international sanctions,
  • Construct and analyze game-theoretic models relevant for recent developments concerning international cooperation
  • Develop game-theoretic models for use in your master thesis


You have:

  • Increased your general analytical competence
  • Enhanced your ability to use game theory as part of a larger research project in political science.
  • Developed your ability to critically assess the fruitfulness of game theory applications


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 home 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.

Written examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read more about how to submit assignments in Inspera.

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

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






Autumn 2020

This course is not given on a regular basis


Autumn 2020

This course is not given on a regular basis

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