Undergraduate course

British Literature and Culture

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeENG125
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

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Objectives and Content

The course aims at giving the students increased insight into and knowledge of British literature and culture, and make them capable of expressing themselves in a clear and concise manner about literary and cultural questions, both in writing and orally.

The students will develop their critical approach to and independent evaluation of required readings. The course provides an introduction to textual analyses in the main literary genres prose, poetry, and drama. The ability to look for formal and thematic features is developed, and through analyses of a range of literary works one also gains an understanding of the most important periods and main features in British literature. The works and epochs are interpreted in relation to important features of each time periods societal and political circumstances.

Learning Outcomes

ENG125 gives a basic introduction to British literature and culture.

After completing the course the student will:
- Understand and use critical vocabulary related to the discipline, and demonstrate both orally and in writing an understanding of the basic conceptual and theoretical methods used when reading literary texts

- Grasp the differences between the various forms of literary work, such as drama, poetry and prose, and various genres within these forms as covered in the course

- Show an understanding of the relationship between literary texts and the larger social, political and historical frameworks within which they are constructed and with which they interact

After completion of the course the student will:
- Demonstrate all of the above through clearly expressed, accurately written and appropriately structured essays

General competence
After completion of the course the student will:
- Respond with individuality and imagination to a range of literary works.

Required Previous Knowledge

None; see Recommended previous knowledge/training

Recommended Previous Knowledge

It is strongly advised that students, in addition to fulfilling the general admission requirements, also have good grades in specialized English courses 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

Due to overlapping courses one cannot get credit for ENG125 combined with ENG123/ENG124.

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 consistently and actively be a part of the teaching hours. This expectation is also the basis for the preparation towards the exam.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Seminar attendance is obligatory. Students must attend at least 80 % of the seminars.

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. Term paper topics are to be chosen on the basis of a selection of predefined topics. This is not compulsory, but it is highly recommended that students hand in a term paper.

Obligatory coursework is valid for one semester following the semester of instruction.

Forms of Assessment

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

Students who do not comply with the guidelines given under obligatory assignments lose the right to take the exam in the course.

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

Spring. An exam will be offered early in the Autumn semester for students who passed the obligatory requirements.

Reading List

The course includes a selection of representative texts, authors and movements in British literature (poetry, prose and drama). The texts are viewed in light of problems of basic literary theory as well as social, political and cultural perspectives, which are also covered by relevant curriculum.

The reading list will be available by 1 December for the Spring 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

  • Type of assessment: Take-home examination

    Submission deadline
    06.10.2017, 13:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam