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.
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.
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).
Courses are evaluated regularly in accordance with the University of Bergen´s quality assurance system.
Department of Linguistic, Literary, and Aesthetic Studies.
Type of assessment: Take-home examination and oral examination
Exam part: Take-home examination
- Examination system
- Digital exam
Exam part: Oral examination