POL3502 - Causes of War


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment with adjusting oral exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment with adjusting oral exam 100/100

Course content

The course provides an overview of the most important theories and empirical studies on the causes and consequenses of political unrest, internal armed conflicts and interstate wars.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the student shall:

  • have knowledge about the terms, theories and empirical research concerning the causes and consequenses of armed conflicts
  • have knowledge of central trends concerning armed conflicts and important explanations
  • have knowledge of current data within peace and conflict research

Skills - the student shall demonstrate the ability to:

  • treat one of the topics covered in the course in an independent analytical text (comparative analysis, syntheses, replication) which fulfills the requirements for scientific writing
  • orally discuss and reflect over one's own written work and topics covered in the lectures

Learning methods and activities

Lectures/group discussions, 4 hours per week throughout the semester. Supervision of the term paper takes place mainly as a part of the seminars. If 6 or fewer students attend the course the two first weeks of teaching, the course will be offered as an individual study course with supervision. Please contact the departement for further information.

Compulsory assignments

  • Give prepared comments on another student's term paper
  • Presentation of outline and first draft of the term paper

Further on evaluation

Form of assessment: Term paper and oral examination. Length of term paper: 6000-8000 words. The oral exam covers the term paper as well as readings. The oral exam will be used to adjust the term paper's grade by a maximum of one grade. Both the term paper and the oral exam must be retaken at a repeat of the exam.

Required previous knowledge

60 credits including SOS1002 or an equivalent course in research methods. The requirement must be fulfilled to be admitted to the course.

Course materials

To be decided at the start of the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SVPOL342 15.0
POL8502 10.0 SPRING 2006
POL3519 7.5 AUTUMN 2013
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Social Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Political Science
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Sociology and Political Science


Examination arrangement: Assignment with adjusting oral exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment with adjusting oral exam 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment with adjusting oral exam 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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