spring 2022
STV-2008 International Security - 10 ECTS

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Type of course

Theoretical. This is considered an optional course that can contribute towards a bachelor degree in political science, as one of the options required at the 2000 level. This can also be used as an option course for the bachelor programs in health administration and other social sciences, as well as law, fisheries and humanities. The course can be taken as a singular course.

Admission requirements

Nordic applicants: Generell studiekompetanse

International applicants: Higher Education Entrance Qualification and certified language requirements in English.

A list of the requirements for the Higher Education Entrance Qualification in Norway can be found on the web site from the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT). For language requirements we refer to NOKUT's GSU-list.

Application code: 9199 (Nordic applicants).

Course content

This course discusses the development of the concept of security, the security debate, as well as different forms of threats and use of force. The concept of security is discussed within a variety of definitional forms, and contextualizes them within the broader security debate. Some of the perspectives covered include: traditional security (state), liberal security approaches including societal and human security, various security ¿schools¿ (Copenhagen, Wales) and the roles of different actors in creating security.

Objectives of the course

Upon passing the course, the student will have obtained the following knowledge/skills: Knowledge and comprehension

  • Knowledge pertaining to different conceptualizations of security, and security policy in general.
  • Knowledge pertaining to different forms of threats and the use of force.


  • Can work independently within different issue areas using security perspectives for analysis
  • Can make use of theoretical tools within new issue areas
  • Can explain the security debate and its relevance as a tool for society


  • Can independently develop their own compentence and experitse in the field of international security.
  • Capable of disussing issues, analyses and conclusions within the field of international security, both academically as well as with regard to policy.

Language of instruction and examination

English. All exam work can be submitted in either english or norwegian.

Teaching methods

The course consists of 10 x 2 hours of lectures.Quality assurance of courseThis course is evaluated once per year, with a teaching evaluation and a final evaluation. The teaching evaluation consists of a discussion with the primary lecturer. The final evaluation will take place either orally or written.

Information to incoming exchange students

This course is open for inbound exchange students. It has no academic prerequisites.

Do you have questions about this module? Please check the following website to contact the course coordinator for exchange students at the faculty: INBOUND STUDENT MOBILITY: COURSE COORDINATORS AT THE FACULTIES | UiT


Coursework requirements

No coursework requirements



The examination consists one take home exam: Write a term paper limited to 3500 words on a given theme within the time frame of one week. Two students may write together (the word limit is then extended to 4500 words).

The Grade-scale goes from A (tope score) to E (pass) and F (fail).

Retake is offered in in the beginning of the following semester in cases of grade F or Fail. Deferred examination is offered in the beginning of the following semester if the student is unable to take the final exam due to illness or other exceptional circumstances. Registration deadline for retake is 15th January for autumn semester exams and 15th August for spring semester exams.

  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: STV-2008
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