POL8502 - Causes of War


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 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
  • be in the forefront of knowledge in the field of peace- and conflict studies and be in command of the area's scientific theory and methods
  • be able to contribute to the development of new knowledge in the discipline

Skills - the student shall demonstrate the ability to:

  • download and link together data
  • treat one of the themes which was discussed during instruction in an independent empirical analytical manner at an internationally high level

Learning methods and activities

Lectures/group discussions. Supervision of the paper. The paper is to be an independent discussion of a topic taught in lectures, and is to consist of 20 pages. If 6 or fewer students sign up for a planned course during the first 2 teaching weeks, the course will be offered as an instructed reading course.

Further on evaluation

Form of assessment: Individual paper. An identical version of the exam paper cannot be used directly in the PhD thesis as an article or a chapter. A revised version of the exam paper may be included in the thesis. When repeating a failed exam, the candidate can submit a revised version of a previously submitted paper in the course. If the submission is a revised version of a previously submitted paper, this must be specified in the paper.

Required previous knowledge

Master's degree in Political Science or equivalent.

Course materials

To be decided at the start of the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
POL3502 10.0 SPRING 2006
POL3519 7.5 AUTUMN 2013
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Version: 1
Credits:  10.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Sociology and Political Science


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 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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