Level of Study
Place of Instruction
Objectives and Content
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 ENG264, students specializing in literature take the following courses:
- ENG222 (English literature and culture) and
On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
- 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
- is capable of reflecting on the theoretical questions that the course raises
- can express himself or herself in correct academic English
Required Previous Knowledge
No formal requirements; see Recommended Previous Knowledge.
Recommended Previous Knowledge
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
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 for one semester following the semester of instruction.
Forms of Assessment
The exam is a supervised term paper of 4500 words (±10%), 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
The exam is marked on the grade scale A-F, where F is a fail.
The exam in ENG264 is offered each semester. The regular exam at the end om the spring semester and the re-sit exam in the middle of the fall semester. In the re-sit exam, students who have completed the compulsory supervision in the teaching semester submit their term paper without further supervision.
The reading list is comprised of a selection of literary texts, non-fiction texts and theoretical texts.
The reading list will be available by 1 December for the Spring Semester.
The teaching is evaluated in accordance with the quality control system of the University of Bergen.
The Programme Board is responsible for the academic content and structure of the study programme, and for the quality of all the subjects therein.
The Programme Board in English
The Department of Foreign Languages at the Faculty of Humanities has the administrative responsibility for the course and the study programme.
Type of assessment: Semester paper and oral examination
- Withdrawal deadline
Exam part: Oral examination
Exam part: Term paper
- Submission deadline
- 28.05.2018, 13:00
- Examination system
- Digital exam