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spring 2020

STV-2008 International Security - 10 ECTS

Sist endret: 18.03.2020

The course is provided by

Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education


Tromsø |

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

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.


The examination consists of two parts: - One take home exam: Write a term paper limited to 2.000 words on a given theme within the time frame of one week. Two students may write together (the word limit is then extended to 3.000 words). - A 3 hour school exam. Final mark is given on a joint evaluation of the take home exam and the school exam.

The Grade-scale goes from A (tope score) to E (pass) and F (fail). A re-sit exam will be arranged for this course

Date for examination

Written examination 27.04.2020
Take-home assignment hand out date 30.03.2020 hand in date 06.04.2020

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced in the StudentWeb early in May and early in November.



Catrine Stenvold Øien

Telefon: +4777646300 catrine.stenvold.oien@uit.no