The range of courses which are offered in English during the autumn semester are revised annually. Students should take three courses, which make up a full semester’s workload (30 ECTS credits). Please note that students must be enrolled at a university or university college to be eligible for studying abroad at Bjorknes.
The following courses are offer in the fall of 2019:
- Terrorism and Counterterrorism
- The Ethics of War and Peace
- Foreign Policy Analysis
- International Political Thought
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Foreign policy analysis
In this course we examine the various theories of foreign policy and how foreign policy is made, focussing in particular on states. The intention is to provide students with an insight into the decision making process, including how policy instruments are chosen, the role of leadership in the process, the importance of history and identity in framing the foreign policy goals of a country, and the relevance of such factors as biases, perceptions, psychology and interests (bureaucracies) in shaping the agenda.
International political thoughts
This course provides students with a set of conceptual and analytical tools in order to acquire a deeper and more nuanced understanding of international relations. The course surveys the various schools of thought in international politics, it provides an account of the evolution of thinking in international relations theory and relates theory to current debates in international affairs.
Terrorism and counterterrorism
Why do some people commit terrorist acts? What is a terrorist? Is one man’s freedom fighter another man’s terrorist? What is terrorism, really? This class examines these fundamental questions and many more in order to gain some insight into one of the most talked about political phenomenon of our time. The class is taught by Dr. Hilde Restad, and has been developed in collaboration with Dr. Anders Romarheim at the Institute of Defence Studies (IFS).
The ethics of war and peace
The last 100 years have seen brutal wars, murderous totalitarian regimes, genocide, and nuclear weapons. But we have also witnessed – to a certain extent because of the facts just mentioned – an unprecedented development of international law, a great resurgence of interest in international ethics and the ethics of war, humanitarian initiatives on a large scale, and the founding of international organizations such as the United Nations, designed to foster peace and international cooperation.