POL8502 - Causes of War


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The course provides an overview of the most important theories of the causes of war between particular states, with certain references to theories on civil wars and for the use of violence on a lower scale than war. The most important empirical investigations on war will be presented and data will be made available for individual analysis. Theories on long periods of peace will also be presented.

Learning outcome

Knowledge – the student shall:
- have knowledge about the theories and empirical research concerning the causes of internal and international 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 term paper. The essay 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.

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 01.08.2006
POL3519 7.5 01.09.2013
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Version: 1
Credits:  10.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 4

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 form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
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