Postgraduate course

Literary Seminar

Level of Study


Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

This is an in-depth course on a topic in French literature. Topics may be concerned e.g. with a genre, a period, an authorship or a basic problem in literary studies.

Learning Outcomes


Upon successful completion of the course, students will have achieved a satisfactory level of insight into the problems dealt with in the course, both as concerns literature and literary theory. Students will also have gained familiarity with recent research carried out within the field.


Upon successful completion of the course, students will have become capable of teaching in and carrying out research and development related to the topic treated in the course.

General competence

Upon successful completion of the course, students will have gained an overarching perspective on the topic to be studied, such that students become capable of representing the discipline in interdisciplinary and international contexts.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

French studies on the 100 and 200 levels, or the equivalent.

Access to the Course

The course is open to students enrolled in the Master programme in French at the University of Bergen.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

Teaching is given in the form of seminars; at least 12 double sessions per semester.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

In order to qualify for examination in the course, students are to give and have approved an oral presentation (c. 15 minutes) based on the course reading list. The presentation is to be given in the course of the first 7 weeks of teaching. At the time of presentation, students must also submit a manuscript for the presentation.

In conjunction with examination in the course, students must attend at least one session of supervision.

Coursework is valid for one semester following the semester of instruction.

Forms of Assessment

Examination is arranged at the end of the semester of teaching.

Form of assessment:

- EITHER an obligatorily supervised written exam paper comprising c. 4,000 words, to be written in the course of three weeks

- OR a 20-minute oral presentation, prepared in the course of one week.

Students must choose the form of assessment when signing up for the course in Studentweb, no later than 1 September.

Students who choose the written form of assessment in FRAN307 must choose the oral form of assessment in FRAN308, and vice versa. Both forms of assessment must be represented in the Master degree.

Grading Scale

The Department uses a grading scale ranging from A to F. F is a failing grade.

Reading List

The reading list consists of both literary works (3-5 works) and literary theory (c. 100 pages). Students will be notified as to any changes to the reading list at the beginning of the semester.

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated in accordance with the quality assurance system of the University of Bergen.

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Semester paper

    Submission deadline
    19.06.2018, 13:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam