Undergraduate course

Scandinavian Literature - 20th Century - Scandinavian Area Studies

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeSAS2B
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Level of Study


Semester of Instruction


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course provides a survey of Scandinavian literature and literary history from 1900 to the present. The student is introduced to representative works as well as to important literary developments, particularly in poetry and the novel genre. Emphasis is placed on the interaction between intellectual, social and political developments. The course includes works by classical Scandinavian authors - for example Sigrid Undset, Knut Hamsun, Pär Lagerkvist, Karen Blixen and Tarjei Vesaas - as well as by more contemporary writers, such as Dag Solstad, Per Petterson, Helle Helle and Karl Ove Knausgaard.

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 20th-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 20th-century Scandinavian literature.

General competence

The candidate will have a broad knowledge of 20th-century 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

  • Note that the time may change up until 14 days prior to the day of the examination. The location will be published 14 days ahead.

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

    • Note that the time may change up until 14 days prior to the day of the examination. The location will be published 14 days ahead.

    • Exam part: Take-home examination

      Examination system
      Digital exam
    • Exam part: Oral examination