POL8508 - Foreign Policy


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 introduction to "foreign policy", not necessarily "Norwegian foreign policy", but a more general meaning of the concept of "foreign policy". The course will discuss the institutions and processes that are characterized by the politics that take place in the intersection between the national and the international; it will provide an account of states' national decision making arenas and their international (handlingsrom). Since national institutions and the international area of influence vary from state to state this course will have a comparative perspective, it will amongst other things discuss how small states (i.e. Norway) are subject to other external conditions than the Great Powers (i.e. the USA), and how this is reflected in different foreign policy practice.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the student shall:

  • have knowledge of the institutions and processes which take place at the intersection between national and international politics
  • have knowledge of which conditions can influence a nation's foreign policy both internally in that country and within an international context - and how these partially vary in relation to which county one is studying
  • have a command of the discipline's theory and methods and can contribute to the development of new knowledge in the field of foreign policy

Skills - the student shall demonstrate the ability to:

  • treat one of the themes which was discussed in instruction in an independent empirical analytical manner which is at a high international 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. The course will be taught in English when required.

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
POL3508 10.0
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Version: 1
Credits:  10.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

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
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
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