spring 2022
STV-3005 International Politics - 10 ECTS

Last changed 17.06.2022

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

Du vil få en reduksjon i antall studiepoeng (som oppgitt under), dersom du avlegger eksamen i dette emnet og har bestått følgende emne(r) fra før av:

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 and examination


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.

Information to incoming exchange students

This course is available for inbound exchange students.

This course is open for inbound exchange student who meets the admission requirements. Please see the Admission requirements" section.

Do you have questions about this module? Please check the following website to contact the course coordinator for exchange students at the faculty: https://en.uit.no/education/art?p_document_id=510412


Coursework requirements

Students shall complete and submit the following coursework requirements to gain access to the final examination:

One written assignment limited to 1400 words on an allocated theme within the time frame of one week.


One home exam on an assigned topic of up to 3500 words to be completed in the course of two weeks. Students may take the opportunity to write the exam together in which case the maximum word-count will be 4500.

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-3005
  • Tidligere år og semester for dette emnet