Undergraduate course

Scandinavian Literature - 19th Century - Scandinavian Area Studies

Level of Study


Semester of Instruction


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course is an introduction to Scandinavian literature 1800-1900, especially the Modern Breakthrough of the 1880s. The 19th Century is the century of H.C. Andersen, B. Bjørnson, H. Ibsen, A. Skram, A. Strindberg and K. Hamsun, among others. The course will provide a literary historical survey along with discussions of central works. The readings will include a critical look at the influence of important intellectual, scientific trends and pressing social realities (the Woman Question, the marriage institution, the relations between the sexes) on literature.

Learning Outcomes

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


The candidate will have a thorough knowledge of 19th-century

Scandinavian cultural and intellectual trends, of Scandinavian literary history, as well as an understanding of important authorships and representative literary works.


The candidate will be able to discuss central literary developments and be able to analyze and to write about central works in 19th-century Scandinavian literature.

General competence

The candidate will have a broad knowledge of 19th-century Scandinavian cultural and literary history and of important writers and individual works.

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

7-day home exam (2/3) and oral examination (1/3).

Grading Scale


Reading List


Course Evaluation

Courses are evaluated regularly in accordance with the University of Bergen´s quality assurance system.


Contact Information

Department of Linguistic, Literary, and Aesthetic Studies.

E-Mail: advice@lle.uib.no

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Take-home examination and oral examination

    Withdrawal deadline
    • Exam part: Take-home examination

      Submission deadline
      24.11.2017, 13:00
      Examination system
      Digital exam
    • Exam part: Oral examination