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POLKVS22/S31 Rational Choice Theory and International Relations 2–5 ECTS
Implementation is also a part of open university teaching
Period I Period II Period III Period IV
Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Advanced studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
Degree Programme in Politics
International Relations
Faculty of Management

General description

The course introduces students to the use of rational choice theory and formal modelling in the study of international relations.  Students are provided with tools from decision theory and game theory and shown how to use them in analysing a wide range of topics related to international relations.

The course follows closely the textbook, beginning with easy examples of decision theory and gradually progressing into more sophisticated game theoretic models. Each stage will include empirical examples of applying the newly introduced analytic methods into current international problems such as armed conflict, trade sanctions, terrorism, global warming and nation-building.

Enrolment for University Studies

Email enrollment by 20 October (henrikki.heikka@kolumbus.fi). Please include your name and degree programme at UTA.


Henrikki Heikka, Teacher responsible


27-Oct-2017 – 15-Dec-2017
Lectures 24 hours
Fri 27-Oct-2017 - 15-Dec-2017 weekly at 12-15, Linna K108
3-Nov-2017 at 12 –15 , Pinni B1096
Mon 29-Jan-2018 at 11-17, Linna K108


Numeric 1-5.

Evaluation criteria


Participation in course work (learning diary) 2 ECTS.

Participation in course work plus essay presented at class 5 ECTS.

Study materials

Bueno de Mesquita, Principles of International Politics (5th ed.), e-book