Professor Henrik Syse, member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee and senior researcher at the Peace Research Insitute, Oslo (PRIO), is teaching the Ethics of War and Peace and a cutting edge course on the Nobel Peace Prize.




Bjørknes University College offers a selected range of specialized courses in English:


  • INT6010 – Terrorism and Counterterrorism (10 sp)

    Etter angrepene på World Trade Centre og Pentagon den 11. september 2001, var internasjonal terrorisme igjen på toppen av alle politiske agendaer, på forsiden av alle aviser og ble utpekt som den største trusselen i verden. En ny form for terrorisme ble identifisert og kjennetegnet ved at den var transnasjonal og villig til å forårsake massedød.

  • INT6020 – International Political Economy in War and Peace (10 sp)

    Susan Strange ga i 1970 ut artikkelen ‘International Economics and International Relations: A Case of Mutual Neglect’. Hovedargumentet var at både statsvitere og økonomer har mye å lære av hverandre. Internasjonal politisk økonomi (IPØ) er en faglig tilnærming som har som formål å kombinere nettopp disse to tradisjonelt separate fagtradisjonene. IPØ ser på økonomisk aktivitet og økonomiske systemer i lys av, og med hjelp av modeller og metoder som tradisjonelle økonomer ikke anvender. Videre tar IPØ utgangspunkt i at politisk og økonomisk makt utvikler seg i tandem og har gjensidig påvirkning.

  • INT6030 – Global Governance (10 sp)

    The current global economic instability has, together with the rise of states such as India and China, spurred much interest in global governance. Yet, the concept is relatively poorly understood. In this course, we examine the significance, impact and nature of the marked increase in international organisation since the second half of the twentieth century. We also ask how such organisation today meets, of fails to meet, the challenges presented by the global economic crisis and climate change.

  • INT6040 – Foreign Policy Analysis (10 sp)

    In this course we examine the various theories of foreign policy and how foreign policy is made, focussing in particular on states. The intention is to provide students with an insight into the decision making process, including how policy instruments are chosen, the role of leadership in the process, the importance of history and identity in framing the foreign policy goals of a country, and the relevance of such factors as biases, perceptions, psychology and interests (bureaucracies) in shaping the agenda.

  • INT6050 – Africa Then and Now (10 sp)

    Africa tends to be associated with poverty, conflict and dictatorship. Is this a valid picture of a continent of 54 different countries and more than a billion people? In this course we look for answers to why Africa both has some of the world’s poorest countries and some of the fastest growing economies, as well as reasons why more and more African countries move towards multiparty democratic systems of governance.

  • 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. For example, the reduction of the Arctic ice cap is now exceeding earlier climatic model predictions.

  • 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.

  • INT6080 The Ethics of War and Peace (10 sp)

    The last 100 years have seen brutal wars, murderous totalitarian regimes, genocide, and nuclear weapons. But we have also witnessed – to a certain extent because of the facts just mentioned – an unprecedented development of international law, a great resurgence of interest in international ethics and the ethics of war, humanitarian initiatives on a large scale, and the founding of international organizations such as the United Nations, designed to foster peace and international cooperation.

  • INT6090 Global Armed Violence (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.

  • 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.