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:


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

The following courses are offer in the fall of 2019:

  • Terrorism and Counterterrorism
  • The Ethics of War and Peace
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • International Political Thought
  • INT6010 Terrorism and Counterterrorism (10 sp)

    Why do some people commit terrorist acts? What is a terrorist? Is one man’s freedom fighter another man’s terrorist? What is terrorism, really? This class examines these fundamental questions and many more in order to gain some insight into one of the most talked about political phenomenon of our time. The class is taught by Dr. Hilde Restad, and has been developed in collaboration with Dr. Anders Romarheim at the Institute of Defence Studies (IFS).

  • 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.

  • 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)

    What role did Great Britain play in “creating” Israel? Why can’t Israel and Palestine make peace? Why does Iran resent the United States? How did the Cold War affect geopolitics in the Middle East? Why did the Arab Spring fail? What role is Russia playing in Syria today? In this class, we survey great power politics in the Middle East from the First World War to today in order to better understand this complex region.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • INT6110 Introduction to 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.

  • INT3110 International Political Thought (10 sp)

    Dette emnet introduserer en rekke begrepsmessige og analytiske redskaper, som åpner for en dypere og mer nyansert forståelse av internasjonale relasjoner. Emnet vil ta for seg en rekke ulike teoretiske “skoler” innenfor internasjonal politikk, og gi en grundig innføring i hvordan politisk tenkning om internasjonale relasjoner har oppstått og utviklet seg.