Undergraduate course

American Literature and Culture

ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Semester of Instruction


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course aims at providing increased knowledge about the diversity of American culture from a historical perspective, and an understanding of the foundational premises for the development of literature and society. The course also helps develop the students' ability to express themselves in written and oral Academic English.

Learning Outcomes

Having completed ENG122 students will

- have a basic understanding of American literature and culture in a historical context

- have an understanding of the characteristics the different literary genres included in the study, such as the novel, short-story, drama, poetry, as well as non-fictional texts.

- be able to understand and discuss texts from a literary- and cultural-theoretical perspective

- have improved the ability to express themselves academically in written and spoken English

Required Previous Knowledge

None; see Recommended previous knowledge/training

Recommended Previous Knowledge

It is strongly advised that the students, in addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, also have good results from specialized courses in English from Upper Secondary School.

For students with a background other than the Norwegian school system, a level of competence in English corresponding to C1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is recommended.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

Credits cannot be awarded for both ENG122 and ENG122L.

Access to the Course

The course is open to all with admission to the University of Bergen.

For exchange students:

Applicants have to document English language proficiency to access the course. Student should hold a level of C1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR). For valid tests, please see uib.no/exchange.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

Lectures and seminars: up to 72 hours.

Students are expected to take part in and actively contribute to teaching. This expectation is also the basis for the preparation towards the exam.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

There are no obligatory assignments, but students have the opportunity to submit a term paper of around 1500 words, and receive supervision on it. Term papers will be supervised in the general context of the seminars.

Forms of Assessment

The exam is a five-hour school exam, where students will be examined from the entire syllabus.

The exam may be digital.

Examination Support Material

No aids are allowed during the exam.

Grading Scale

The grading scale is A-F, where F is a fail.

Assessment Semester

An exam in ENG122 is offered each semester - at the end of the fall semester and in the middle of the spring semester.

Reading List

The curriculum includes literary and historical periods, historical events, and representative fictional and non-fictional texts from the seventeenth century until present time. The reading list will be available by 1 June for the Autumn semester

Course Evaluation

The teaching is evaluated according to the quality assurance system of the University of Bergen.

Programme Committee

The Program Board is responsible for the academic content and structure of the study program, and for the quality of all the subjects therein.

Course Administrator

The Department of Foreign Languages at the Faculty of Humanities has the administrative responsibility for the course and the study programme.


Contact Information


Exam information

  • Note that the time may change up until 14 days prior to the day of the examination. The location will be published 14 days ahead.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    29.11.2017, 09:00
    5 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam