spring 2021
STV-3005 International Politics - 10 ECTS

Last changed 11.08.2021

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. The course is an elective, i.e., open to students enrolled in the Master's Programme in Political Science as well as interested Master's students from other fields.

Admission requirements

Admission requirement is a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science, European Studies or another relevant subject.

The minimum average grade requirement is:

  • C - for bachelor`s degree or equivalent issued in Europe, Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand
  • B - for bachelor`s degree or equivalent issued in all other countries

The course requires solid competence in reading and writing English.

Application code: 9371.

Course overlap

STATSV-304 International Politics 10 stp

Course content

The course examines theoretical approaches to international politics in historical perspective, and considers important contemporary debates. Under consideration are both the more traditional approaches - broadly realist and liberal - which dominate the field, and newer approaches, which criticise and oppose them. The course builds directly on the foundations of STV-1005: International Politics, and aims to provide deeper insight into the central assumptions of, and disagreements between, the major theoretical approaches, as well their implications for the study of international relation.

Objectives of the course

Students who have successfully completed the course should have achieved the following learning outcomes: Knowledge and understanding

  • solid grounding in the discipline¿s central theoretical ideas and approaches and how to apply them to the study of international politics.

Analytical abilities

  • able to work independently - and employ relevant scholarly foundations - to address a variety of analytical challenges
  • able to critically evaluate existing theories, methods and interpretations within the study of international politics
  • able to apply scholarly knowledge critically, including reflection on his or her own scholarly practice
  • able to take the initiative to apply knowledge to new domains
  • able to formulate and structure complex scholarly arguments.


  • able to continue systematically the development of his or her own scholarly grounding and specialisation
  • able to communicate research issues, questions, analyses and conclusions pertaining to his or her field with both specialists and lay-people
  • able to participate in public debate on the basis of relevant knowledge from his or her field.

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Classes The teaching takes the form of 10 lecture-seminars coming to a total of 20 in-class hours. Quality control The course is assessed once every programme-period with both in-progress and final evaluations. Evaluation is normally undertaken orally to allow students and teacher to establish a dialogue concerning the possibility and/or need for changes and improvements.


The exam has two components:

- A take-home exam on an assigned topic of up to 2.000 words to be completed in the course of a week. Students may take the opportunity to write the exam together in which case the maximum word-count will be 3000.

- A three-hour University-based, closed-book examination.The two components are give equal weight in evaluation and the assignement of the final grade. 

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

Deadline for register for re-sit exams is January 15 for spring semester and August 15 for autumn semester. Both home and school exam must be submitted.


  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: STV-3005