Undergraduate course

English Literature and Culture

ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

In English literature and culture at 200-level, students take the same course as either ENG224 (school exam) or ENG264 (term paper).

The course gives a critical and theoretical introduction to literature in English, or to a topic in cultural studies. The course focuses on a historical period or genre in English literature, or on a literary, cultural or interdisciplinary topic.

The course aims to provide the student with extended knowledge of the literature and/or culture in English-speaking countries, and to train students to have a critical and independent understanding of main questions that are connected with the study of literature and/or culture. The course also aims to give students a strong command of written and spoken English.

In addition to ENG224, students specializing in literature take the following courses:

- ENG262 (term paper in English literature and culture) and

- One course in linguistics, either ENG221 or ENG223.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student:

- has gained further knowledge on the aspects that characteristic of the literature and/or culture that the course focuses on

- has a critical and independent understanding of main questions that are tied to the study of literature and/or culture generally


The student:

- is capable of reflecting on the theoretical questions that the course raises

General competence

The student:

- can express himself or herself in correct academic English

Required Previous Knowledge

No formal requirements; see Recommended Previous Knowledge.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

It is recommended that students have completed the introductory semester as well as ENG114, ENG115, ENG107, ENG108/118, ENG109/119, ENG122 and ENG125, or equivalent.

Specifically, it is highly recommended that students have completed EXFAC00AS Language and Communication, ENG100, ENG114, ENG115, ENG107, ENG108/118 and ENG109/119 with a good result, or have equivalent knowledge (cf. Required Previous Knowledge).

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


Access to the Course

The course is open to all students admitted to the University of Bergen.

For exchange students:
Applicants have to document English language proficiency to access the course. Students 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

Seminars: up to 24 hours (normally 2 hours per week for 12 weeks).

In the case that fewer than five students register for a course, the organized teaching may be adapted to fit the number of students. If this occurs, students will be informed at the start of the semester, and before the registration deadline 1. February/1. September.

Students are expected to consistently and actively participate in the scheduled teaching. This expectation is also the basis for the preparation towards the exam.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance


Forms of Assessment

The exam is a four-hour school exam.

The school exam may be digital.

Examination Support Material

Students are allowed to use a monolingual (English - English) dictionary during school examination. The Department will provide additional information concerning permitted dictionaries.

Grading Scale

The exam is marked in the grade scale A-F, where F is a fail.

Assessment Semester

An exam in ENG224 is offered each semester - the regular exam at the end of the spring semester and the re-take exam in the middle of the fall semester.

Reading List

The reading list is comprised a selection of literary texts, non-fiction texts and theoretical texts.

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

Course Evaluation

The teaching is evaluated in accordance with the quality control system of the University of Bergen.

Programme Committee

The Programme Board is responsible for the academic content and structure of the study programme, 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.


Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    28.05.2018, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam