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Term Paper in English Literature and Culture

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codeENG262
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

ECTS Credits

10

Level of Study

Bachelor

Semester of Instruction

Spring and Autumn

Place of Instruction

Bergen

Objectives and Content

In English literature and culture at 200-level, students take the same course as either ENG222 (school exam) or ENG262 (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 ENG262, students specializing in literature take the following courses:

- ENG224 (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:

Knowledge

The student should:

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

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

Skills

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

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

Specifically, it is highly recommended that students have completed EXFAC00AS Language and Communication, ENG100, ENG114, ENG115, ENG107, ENG108 and ENG109 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.

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

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

In the case that less 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 take part in and actively contribute to teaching. This expectation is also the basis for the preparation towards the exam.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Students have the right to supervision in working with the term paper. Supervision is also compulsory. Each student must complete at least 2 supervision meetings. Students must submit a draft of their term paper, attend supervision and follow guidelines and meet deadlines set by the Department and the course teacher. Students who fail to meet these requirements may not submit their term paper for assessment.

Compulsory Assignments are valid in the teaching semester and in the following semester.

Forms of Assessment

The exam is a supervised term paper of 4000-5000 words, excluding the bibliography and any attachments, on a topic the student chooses in agreement with the course instructor. In the re-take exam, the student, who has completed the compulsory supervision in the teaching semester, hands in the term paper without further supervision.

In addition there is an oral exam, in which the students are tested on the entire reading list as well as the term paper. The term paper must be approved before the student can take the oral exam. The oral exam is given a separate assessment.

When determining the final grade for the entire course, the grade of the term paper counts two-thirds, while the grade in the oral exam counts one-third. Both parts of the exam must receive a passing grade in order to get a passing grade in total.

The term paper fulfils the demand on an independent piece of research that can be part of a bachelor degree.

Examination Support Material

None.

Grading Scale

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

Assessment Semester

The exam in ENG262 is given each semester: a regular exam at the end of the teaching semester and a mid-term re-take exam in the following semester.

Reading List

The reading list is comprised of 5-6 texts and can encompass literary texts, non-fiction texts and theoretical texts. The reading list will be available by 1 June for the Autumn semester, and 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 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

Contact Information

studierettleiar@if.uib.no

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Semester paper and oral examination

    Withdrawal deadline
    01.09.2017
    • Exam part: Oral examination

    • Exam part: Semester paper

      Examination system
      Inspera
      Digital exam