Course description for stv 4208 and stv 4208B: International negotiations



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Course description for STV 4208 and STV 4208B: International negotiations


  • This is a course description according to ”Utfyllende regler til §§ 2.2, 3.3, (hereby § 3.3.4) og 3.7 in Forskrift om studier og eksamener ved Universitetet i Oslo”. The course description refers to § 3.7.

  • The rules and regulations referred to in this document can be found here: http://www.sv.uio.no/studier/forskrifter_regler.html (in norwegian)



1 Course Structure
1.1 Objective

The main aim of this course is to give an introduction to international negotiations as one mechanism for conflict resolution in international politics. Emphasis is given to an enhanced understanding of negotiation behavior, the nature of the negotiation process, and negotiation outcomes, as well as the relationship between behavior, process and outcome.


1.2 Structure and content (course scope and syllabus)

In addition to a general introduction to some basic theoretical concepts, the course is thematically divided in three main parts. The first part aims at giving you theoretical insight in key factors and mechanisms linked to negotiation dynamics, with a main focus on the role of concessions and concession behavior, negotiation tactics, and power aspects. The second part aims at giving you theoretical insight in key factors and mechanisms linked to negotiation deadlock and mediation, with a main focus on the development of conflict diagnoses, the role and acceptance of mediators and other third parties, and mediator strategies both to develop negotiated agreements and to ensure their implementation. While the first two parts of the course primarily will focus on bilateral negotiations, the third part of the course will give attention to the characteristics of multilateral negotiations and factors such as leadership performance and the role of non-state actors. In this part of the course, moreover, we will spend some time to analyze and discuss empirical examples from peace negotiations, and international environmental and resource management.

The course is offered with both 10 and 15 ECTS credits depending on whether the student writes an essay (A-version) or not (B-version), in addition to a 5-hour final exam. The essay and exam each count for 50%, and students will receive one overall grade for the course. The B-version (10 ECTS credits) is only open for students on the hovedfag, and who were admitted to the programme in Spring 2003 or earlier. This arrangement will last until the spring term 2005. The B-version is identical to the A-version except for the additional paper requirement. Students on the B-version follow the same lectures and have the same date for exam as the A-version.
2 Teaching structure
2.1 Forms of teaching

There will be a total of 13 class sessions (each of 2 hours duration), divided between 10 lectures and 3 seminars. The lectures are open for everybody, but not the seminars.


See Guidelines for obligatory activities. (Retningslinjer for obligatoriske aktiviteter) The guidelines are in Norwegian.
2.2 Academic prerequisites

Bachelor's Degree program in Political Science or equivalent.


2.3 Semester course is taught:

Teaching semester is Autumn 2004. The exam has to be taken the same semester in which the lectures are attended.


2.4 Time period in which the course is taught:

Teaching will be given between August and December 2004


2.5 Language of instruction

Language of instruction is English.


2.6 Administrative unit

University of Oslo.


2.7 Admission requirements

In order to take this course students have to be accepted to a Master’s Degree Program in Political Sciences.


See the University Law § 40 (Lov om universiteter og høgskoler § 40. Rett til å gå opp til eksamen)
3 Form of Examination
3.1 Forms of assessment

There are two course requirements: (1) a 10-15 page analytic essay; and (2) a 5-hour final exam. The essay and exam each count for 50%, and students will receive one overall grade for the course. Exam is given at the end of the semester.

In the following cases, students must prepare new essay:


  • He/she has less than 2/3 participation in the seminars

  • He/she fails(grade F) on the final exam

  • He/she gets the final exam annulled for cheating/attempt of cheating, according to “Forskrift for studier og eksamener ved Universitetet i Oslo § 8.7 Annulering av eksamen eller prøve” (Fastsatt med hjemmel i Lov om universiteter og høgskoler § 54).


3.2 Academic requirements

The students have to attend at least 2/3 of the seminars in order to pass the course.


3.3 Semester in which the final assessment takes place

Final exam will be in December 2004. By showing a medical certificate the students may take a postponed exam, see § 7.3.


3.4 When during the semester the final assessment takes place

Examination is held in December 2004. The exam has to be taken the same semester in which the lectures are attended.




3.5 Special arrangements/final assessment

It is possible to apply for special exam-arrangements on the exam (see §7.5) according to different kinds of disabilities, health issues, etc, including:



  • prolonged exam

  • different exam than the ordinary

  • Technical arrangements

  • Practical arrangements

For more information, please see the faculty’s internet page on special arrangements/final assessment



3.6 Permitted materials for examinations with supervision

Students may use a dictionary during the 5-hour final exam.


3.7 Permitted materials for examinations without supervision

References and sources must be referred to according to the Institute’s directions (in norwegian)

Students must submit a confirmation stating that their essay has not been prepared for other courses. If delivering a previous delivered paper, it is considered as cheating/attempt of cheating.
3.8 Language of examination

The students may answer the exam in norwegian or english, see § 6.4.


3.9 Conditions for non-admitted students to take the examinations:

Hospitants on the course can take exam as normal students on the Master Degree program. Privatists are not admitted to this course. See § 40 in the University Law (Lov om universiteter og høgskoler § 40. Rett til å gå opp til eksamen.).


For more information, please see the faculty’s internet page on directions for privatists
3.10 Policy on deferred examinations

By showing a medical certificate the students may take a postponed exam, see § 7.3


3.11 Determination of grades

Examinations and evaluations at UiO are graded using letter grades. The scale is descending from A to E for passes and F for fail, § 8.1.1.


The criteria for the ECTS-scale are here:

http://www.statsvitenskap.uio.no/fag/karakter.html (in norwegian)
3.12 Overlap with other courses, reduction in number of credits:
4 Other conditions according the course


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