MAN 5121 Security And Conflict Management
|MAN 5122 - første semester|
|MAN 5123 - andre semester|
The introductory part of the program focuses on geopolitics and the changing nature of armed conflict, including the big questions in international relations related to security, democracy, climate change, competition for natural resources, economic growth, free trade and changing power-relationship between states and how new technologies shape security issues. This part of the program covers core concepts in security studies, such as hard and soft power; grand strategy, security strategy and tactics; security cooperation, competition and the security dilemma; and changing global and regional economic, political and military balances of power. The course focuses on the EU, the USA and NATO, o the changing geopolitical roles of Russia and China, and international intervention in conflicts in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia. Norway’s international relations and the its relationship with NATO, the EEA and the EU is also covered. The program should help the participants acquire the ability to analyze international political and economic conflicts and events, and to provide them with a better basis for handling and influencing these conditions at both the national and the global level.
The second half of the program focuses on there salient security challenges: corporate security, cyber security and the difficulties involved with international security cooperation in an environment that ranges from classical war and civil war to terrorism and insurgency as well as hybrid-war and frozen conflicts. This part of the program addresses conflict management in a changing world, with emphasis on leadership in conflict management. Policy responses range from police cooperation to various forms of military power, both at the national, regional and the international level. The last module takes place in Brussels and Paris, and includes visits to EU institutions in the security field, NATO's military and civilian headquarters and an international security company. In Paris it involves Sciences-Po, one of France’s leading business schools, and CERI, an international politics institute linked to that school, as well as IRSEM, a research center for the military college, as well as military and civilian antiterrorism organizations.
The participants shall
- Acquire knowledge about the challenges involved in international operations due to processes linked to globalization, changing global power relations and global political and economic actors.
- Acquire knowledge about regional development in different parts of the world, with a focus on Europe, the USA, the Middle East and North Africa, Central Asia, Russia and China.
- Acquire knowledge about the central themes in conflicts linked to different cultures, religions, natural resources, migration, economics and poverty.
- Acquire knowledge about the emergence of conflicts linked to state-building, terrorism and energy security in different parts of the world.
- Acquire knowledge about the link between international economic and political developments and the tensions and conflicts these generate, as well as efforts by international actors such as the UN, the EU and NATO.
- Acquire knowledge about the use of military power and other forms of conflict management.
- Acquire knowledge about the strengths and weaknesses of different types of conflict management and strategies for police cooperation and use of military power.
- Acquire knowledge about how developments in weapons technology affect military strategy, tactics and conflict management.
The program is designed to improve the participants’ tools and frameworks for analyzing international political and economic events, and to equip them with a better basis for action and to shape these conditions both globally and nationally.
The participants shall:
- Be able to analyse new security threats and options for national and international responses
- Be able to analyze the development of a particular conflict situation and find pertinent conflict management measures
- Be able to analyze the need for use of different types of conflict management
- Be able to analyze experiences from earlier external operations.
- Be able to carry out intelligence work in crisis situations.
Participants shall acquire an overall holistic perspective on international political and economic developments
Upon completion of the course the participants shall be able to make decision on an independent basis and to contribute to decision making processes where security questions are central issues
Participants shall be able to assume ethical responsibility, and lead others in an independent and thoughtful manner.
Participants shall acquire the ability to assess their own opportunities and limitations with respect to knowledge about context and available alternative courses of action.
Session 1: War, Security and Conflict
- Introduction to security studies and geo-politics
- Strategic aspects of international politics
- Causes of conflict: the security dilemma, resources and failed states
- New types of conflict and hybrid warfare
Session 2: Globalisation and international operations
- Globalisation, digitalisation and new conflicts
- International operations and armed intervention
- International police operations
- Instability and new conflicts – consequences for Norway
Session 3: Regional conflicts
- The European Union, the USA and NATO’s role and strategies in new conflicts
- Foreign interventions in Afghanistan and the Middle East
- Russia, geo-politics and hybrid-warfare in Europe
- China’s geo-politics and geo-economics
Session 4: Corporate Security
- Country risk analysis and corporate risk assessment
- Threat analysis (assets, vulnerabilities and consequences)
- Contingency planning, emergency preparedness and response
- Security-related reputational risk
Session 4: Cyber Security
- Cyber vulnerability, new threats and threat assessment
- Global and regional cyber security cooperation
- Wired for war: Technology and tactical innovations
- Strategic and organisational challenges for hybrid warfare
Session 6: Module in Paris and Brussels
- European regional cooperation in external military/police operations
- NATO and new security challenges: the operational dimension
- France’s security, anti-terrorism and counter-radicalisation policies
- Norway’s international role in security, military and police cooperation
The programme is conducted through six course modules.
The students must expect a workload that is customary for a 30 ECTS program (800 hours). The teaching is organised in six course modules in 3 8-hour days each, totalling approx. 150 lecturing hours. In addition, students must plan having at least one study day per week and soem extra time for the term paper.
Students are responsible for obtaining information given in lectures but which is not included in the program web page, its learning or in other course material.
For students taking this program as the final Master of Management Program the following applies:
The programme is conducted through five course modules, a total of approx. 150 lecturing hours. For administrative reasons the program is organized as two courses. In the first semester the students are registered as students on MAN 5122, in the second semester MAN 5123.
Project tutorials differ in each Executive Master of Management programme. It will consist of personal tutorials and tutorials given in class. Generally the students may expect consulting tutorials, not evaluating tutorials. The total hours of tutorials offered is estimated to two hours pr. students following an ordinary Master of Management programme. For students taking the programme as their final Master of Management programme the tutorials offered are estimated to a total of six hours per term paper.
Please note that while attendance is not compulsory in all programmes, it is the student's own responsibility to obtain any information provided in class that is not included on the course homepage/ itslearning or other course materials.
Bachelor degree, corresponding to 180 credits from an accredited university, university college or similar educational institution
The applicant must be at least 25 years of age
At least four years of work experience. For applicants who have already completed a master’s degree, three years of work experience are required. (two years of work experience are required for applicants employed at The Norwegian Armed Forces)
Bachelor degree, corresponding to 180 credits, and 4 years of work experience. Please consult our student regulations
|Exam category||Weight||Invigilation||Duration||Grouping||Comment exam|
Form of assessment:
Internal and external examiner
|60||No||1 Semester(s)||Group/Individual (1 - 3)||The students are evaluated through a term paper, counting 60% of the total grade and a 72 hour individual home exam counting 40%. The term paper may be written individually or in groups of maximum three persons. All evaluations must be passed to obtain a certificate for the programme. The term paper is included in the degree’s independent work of degree, cf national regulation on requirements for master’s degree, equivalent to 18 ECTS credits per. programme. For the Executive Master of Management degree, the independent work of degree represents the sum of term papers from three programmes|
Form of assessment:
Internal and external examiner
|Form of assessment:||Written submission|
|Grouping (size):||Group/Individual (1-3)|
|Comment:||The students are evaluated through a term paper, counting 60% of the total grade and a 72 hour individual home exam counting 40%. The term paper may be written individually or in groups of maximum three persons. All evaluations must be passed to obtain a certificate for the programme. The term paper is included in the degree’s independent work of degree, cf national regulation on requirements for master’s degree, equivalent to 18 ECTS credits per. programme. For the Executive Master of Management degree, the independent work of degree represents the sum of term papers from three programmes|
|Exam code:||MAN 51211|
|Form of assessment:||Written submission|
|Exam code:||MAN 51212|
A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 30 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 800 hours.