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Peace & Conflict Studies

Are you interested in expanding your horizons by learning more about international issues and how the world works? Bjørknes University College, situated in Norway’s capital Oslo, offers a unique study experience for both Norwegian and international students in a small and intimate college setting.

The Peace and Conflict program draws on expertise from Norway’s renowned peace research community.

Students will be challenged to discuss and analyse both historical and current international issues and receive advanced academic training.

As the first educational institution in Norway offering Peace and Conflict Studies at an undergraduate level, we are confident that you will find your Oslo semester to be a life changing one.

 

International Focus

Bjørknes is a university college with a broad international focus and network. In addition to collaborating with a number of international institutions, we facilitate study trips and exchange programmes to the United States, Tanzania, the Middle East, South Africa, Ethiopia, Australia and Svalbard.

Each autumn we invite international students to spend an exciting semester with us in Oslo.

Electives for International Students

The range of courses which are offered in English during the autumn semester is revised annually. Students take three courses, which make up a full semester’s workload (30 ECTS credits). The following courses were offered in the fall of 2021:

Bjørknes University College, Oslo, Norway

Bjørknes University College is the first and only institution in Norway to offer an undergraduate programme in Peace and Conflict Studies, and we host study abroad students on our campus in the centre of Oslo every year.

The college has a staff of young, enthusiastic scholars who are dedicated to the field and teaching. Courses in Peace and Conflict Studies and International Relations are offered in English during the autumn semester (August–December) in an international teaching environment together with Norwegian students.

The semester represents a highly attractive opportunity for students looking for a unique study abroad experience.

For more information and instructions on how to apply, email us at hei@bhioslo.no.

Download the course description (PDF)

Download the general information about the semester in Oslo (PDF) 

Over the years, Bjørknes University College has established strong institutional links with other academic and research institutions, such as:

We have institutional partnerships with several international universities, such as Mekelle University in Ethiopia and the State University of Zanzibar in Tanzania.

With our strong and dedicated team of academics, we can guarantee an interesting and thought-provoking academic experience. Our staff have extensive international experience and come from a variety of academic disciplines. Their enthusiasm to share this with our students in the classroom makes for a one-of-a-kind semester.

Our Teaching Staff Includes

  • Professor Henrik Syse (member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee and research professor at PRIO),
  • Professor Bernt Hagtvet (one of Norway’s most renowned political scientists and former professor at Yale Univeristy),
  • Associate Professor Hilde Restad (US foreign policy expert, PhD from the University of Virginia),
  • Associate Professor Christopher White (specialist in political theory and British politics, PhD from London School of Economics, LSE),
  • Professor Kjetil Tronvoll (Africa expert and formerly professor of human rights at the University of Oslo).

For more information about our staff, see our staff presentation.

Each semester we welcome international guest lecturers. Lectures have been given by amongst others

  • Jan Egeland (Director of NRC and former UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs)
  • Roger Griffin (Emeritus Professor, Oxford Brooks University)
  • Kjell Magne Bondevik (former Prime Minister of Norway)
  • Shamil Idriss (CEO of Search for Common Ground)
  • Kai Eide (Ambassador and former UN Special Envoy to Afghanistan)
  • Erik Møse (Supreme Court Justice of Norway and former President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda)
  • Professor Raymond Apthorpe (LSE, SOAS)
  • Barry White (former US Ambassador to Norway)

Our college also draws on human resources from various sectors, such as the NGO community, the peace research sector, from the military as well as from politics.

INT6010 Terrorism and Counterterrorism (10 sp)

Why do some people commit terrorist acts? What is a terrorist? What is terrorism? This class examines these fundamental questions and many more in order to gain some insight into one of the most talked about political phenomenons of our time.

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INT6040 Foreign Policy Analysis (10 sp)

In this course we examine the various theories of foreign policy and how foreign policy is made, focusing in particular on states. The intention is to provide students with an insight into foreign policy goals of a country, and how biases, perceptions, psychology and interests shape the agenda.

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INT6060 The Geopolitics of the Arctic (10 sp)

The Arctic is experiencing fast and unprecedented economic, environmental, political, and security challenges, which provides new opportunities for international cooperation, but also a potential for regional competition and even conflict. 

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INT6070 War and Peace in the Middle East (10 sp)

The course will provide students with the tools necessary to understand one of the most conflict ridden regions in the world by illuminating the role played by various great powers intervening and withdrawing from the Middle East.

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INT6080 The Ethics of War and Peace (10 sp)

In this course, we will delve into the contents and background of one of the most important developments of late 20th century thought about war: namely, the resurgence of the “just war” idea.

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INT6090 Understanding Global Violence: Contemporary Trends and Theories (10 sp)

Every year in excess of half a million people die as a result of armed violence and many more suffer its consequences. In this module we examine the issues surrounding armed violence.

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INT6100 The Nobel Peace Prize – What, Why and to Whom? (10 sp)

This course will analyze the ideas behind and the actual practice(s) expressed by the Nobel Peace Prize, which is handed out in Oslo every year – the city of Bjørknes University College.

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INT6110 Migration and Refugee Studies (10 sp)

This interdisciplinary course draws on a range of theoretical approaches from political science, law, economics, sociology and history to make sense of the complex ethical, political and legal concerns surrounding population mobility.

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INT6150 U.S. Foreign Policy at Home and Abroad (10 studiepoeng)

This course investigates US foreign policy inside and out: It examines both the domestic determinants of U.S. foreign policy as well as foreign perspectives on and international determinants of the U.S. role in the world.

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INT3110 International Political Thought (10 sp)

I dette emnet vil du bli introdusert for en rekke begrepsmessige og analytiske redskaper som åpner for en dypere og mer nyansert forståelse av internasjonale relasjoner. Vi tar for oss ulike teoretiske "skoler" innenfor internasjonal politikk og gir en grundig innføring i hvordan politisk tenkning om internasjonale relasjoner har oppstått og utviklet seg.

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