Undergraduate course

Norwegian Language - Scandinavian Area Studies

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeSAS1
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Level of Study


Semester of Instruction


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course gives an introduction to the Norwegian language in its social, cultural and historical context.

The following topics will be covered: the historical evolution of Norwegian and the other Nordic languages, the emergence of the two varieties of standard Norwegian: bokmål and nynorsk, ideological debates in Norwegian and Nordic language planning policies, sociolinguistic variations in Norway and in the other Nordic countries, minority languages in the Nordic region.

Learning Outcomes

The course aims at giving the students an understanding of central issues concerning the languages and linguistic conditions in the Nordic countries. By the end of this course students should have developed an understanding of how various historical, cultural and social conditions have contributed to linguistic variation, change and continuity in the Nordic language area. The main focus will be on developments in languages of the Nordic language group (Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Faroese and Icelandic), but the course will also give an introduction to the linguistic status and conditions of other national and minority languages in the Nordic region.

Required Previous Knowledge

The course requires spoken and written proficiency in English.

Recommended Previous Knowledge


Access to the Course

The course is open to exchange students and other students with upper secondary education from outside Norway with admission to the University of Bergen.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

One lecture per week. Total of 12-14 lectures.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance


Forms of Assessment

Written examination in the end of spring term and autumn term. Examination duration 6 hrs.

Grading Scale


Reading List


Course Evaluation

Courses are evaluated regularly in accordance with UiBs quality assurance system. 


Contact Information

Department of Linguistic, Literary, and Aesthetic Studies.

E-mail: advice@lle.uib.no

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    28.09.2017, 09:00
    6 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam