MAN 5121 Sikkerhetsledelse og konflikthåndtering

MAN 5121 Sikkerhetsledelse og konflikthåndtering

MAN 5121
Rettsvitenskap og styring
Nick Sitter
Kursnavn på engelsk: 
Security And Conflict Management
EMM - Sikkerhetsledelse og kulturforståelse, Spesialisering
2019 Høst
Aktiv status: 
Kurs med hjelpekoder
Kurskoder for multi- og assosierte kurs
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, power, climate change, natural resources, economic growth, free trade, 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, and 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 three 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 and organization. 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 and NATO's military and civilian headquarters. 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 be in a position to acquire and use specialised knowledge about theories and research methods in security studies and conflict management, and to use theoretical work and historical cases in contemporary social and political context in order to:

  • Acquire knowledge about the changing regional and global security threats in the context of changing global power relations, international political economy, sustainability, and technological change.
  • Acquire knowledge about regional development in different parts of the world, with a focus on Europe, the USA, the Middle East and North Africa, Russia and China.
  • Acquire knowledge about the central themes in security studies, including theories about the causes of armed conflict.
  • Acquire knowledge about the link between international economic and political developments and security, as well as the conflict management roles of the UN, the EU and NATO.
  • Acquire knowledge about the strengths and weaknesses of different types of conflict management and strategies and use of military power.
  • Acquire knowledge about how developments in weapons technology, hybrid wars and cyber conflicts affect military strategy, tactics and conflict management.
  • Acquire knowledge about how to acquire and use new information from the academic field as well as think tanks, the media and other open sources to analyse and assess security threats and conflict management, and use this as the basis for policy recommendations for risk 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 basis for action and to shape sustainable policies, both globally and nationally, with respect to conventional, mixed and cyber threats. Participants shall be in a good position to critically assess both academic and policy debates on this topic with respect to information, data, research methods and practical application of academic work. Through independent work based on research using open sources, and in line with pertinent ethics guidelines, they should be able to:

  • Analyse new security threats and options for national and international responses
  • Analyze the development of a particular conflict situation and find pertinent conflict management measures
  • Analyze and assess different types of conflict management
  • Analyze experiences from earlier external operations.
  • Carry out intelligence work and threat assessment in crisis situations.
  • Analyse, assess and contribute to the elaboration of crisis management plans.
Generell kompetanse

Upon completion of the course the participants shall acquire an overall holistic perspective on international political and security developments, be in a position to analyse pertinent research, policy and ethical issues independently, and to:

  • Make decision on an independent basis and to contribute to decision making processes and policy innovation where security questions are central issues
  • Take responsibility, and lead others in an independent, ethical and thoughtful manner
  • Assess their own opportunities and limitations with respect to knowledge about context and available alternative courses of action
  • Apply critical thinking (based on theoretical and empirical work) to assess different types of security threats and the merits of different kinds of security management strategies in the relevant political and social contest, and thereby contribute to policy assessment and innovation.
  • Communicate with academic experts, the policy community and the general public and thereby contribute to public policy debates on security and conflict management.
Kursets innhold

Session 1: War, Security and Conflict

•Security studies and geo-politics

• Offence, defence and the security dilemma

•New types of conflict and hybrid warfare


Session 2: Causes of conflict

•Structural causes of conflict:

•Dynamics of conflict

•Ending armed conflict


Session 3: Regional conflicts

•The European Union, the USA and NATO’s role and strategies in new conflicts

•Foreign interventions in Afghanistan, Africa, and the Middle East

•Russia and 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


Session 4: Cyber Security

•Cyber security: new actors and threats

•Cyber vulnerability and threat assessment

•Cyber security management and policy tools


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

Undervisnings- og læringsaktiviteter

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.

Det benyttes ingen spesielle dataverktøy i kurset.

Du har fullført bachelorgrad, tilsvarende 180 offentlig godkjente studiepoeng fra høyskole, universitet eller tilsvarende.

Du har fylt 25 år.

Du har fire års yrkeserfaring full tid. For søkere som har en fullført mastergrad fra før, kreves det tre års arbeidserfaring. (2 års relevant yrkeserfaring gjelder for Forsvarets personell)


Fullført bachelorgrad, tilsvarende 180 studiepoeng samt 2 års relevante yrkeserfaring for Forsvaret og Politiet,  4 års yrkeserfaring for eksterne deltagere. Se forøvrig opptaksvilkår

Skriftlig innlevering
Gruppe/Individuell (1 - 3)
1 Semester
Studentene evalueres gjennom prosjektoppgave som teller 60% av totalkarakteren og en individuell 72 timers hjemmeeksamen som teller 40%. Prosjektoppgaven kan skrives individuelt eller i grupper på inntil tre personer. Alle eksamener må bestås for at vitnemål i programmet skal bli tildelt.

Prosjektoppgaven inngår i gradens selvstendige arbeid, jf Forskrift om krav til mastergrad, tilsvarende 18 studiepoeng pr. program. For graden Executive Master of Management vil det selvstendige arbeidet bestå av summen av prosjektoppgaver fra tre program.
MAN 51211
Eksamen ved neste kursgjennomføring
Skriftlig innlevering
72 Time(r)
MAN 51212
Eksamen ved neste kursgjennomføring
Ordinær eksamen
Alle eksamener må bestås for å oppnå karakter i kurset.
Total vekting: 
Sum arbeidsinnsats: 

Et kurs med 1 studiepoeng tilsvarer en arbeidsmengde på 26-30 timer. Et kurs på 30 studiepoeng tilsvarer derfor en arbeidsmengde på minimum 800 timer.