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.
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.
The grading scale is A-F, where F is a fail.
An exam in ENG122 is offered each semester - at the end of the fall semester and in the middle of the spring semester.
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
The teaching is evaluated according to the quality assurance system of the University of Bergen.
The Program Board is responsible for the academic content and structure of the study program, and for the quality of all the subjects therein.
The Department of Foreign Languages at the Faculty of Humanities has the administrative responsibility for the course and the study programme.
Type of assessment: Written examination
- 29.11.2017, 09:00
- 5 hours
- Withdrawal deadline
- Examination system
- Digital exam