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Undergraduate course

Introduction to English Studies

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeENG100
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEngelsk
  • Resources

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Level of Study


Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

ENG100 has two components, one in linguistics and one in literature.

The linguistics component provides basic knowledge about the discipline of linguistics with an emphasis on topics concerning the English language. It also provides an introduction to the terminology and techniques used to understand and handle linguistic data and sources, and basic proficiency in writing academic texts in English on linguistic topics.

The literature component provides basic knowledge in literary analysis and interpretation through a focus on genres like the short story and poetry in cultural contexts. It gives the student a foundation for working with literary terminology and interpretation, and the opportunity to practice essential skills through oral and written academic discussions about literary texts in English.

Learning Outcomes

When the course is completed:


The student

- has a basic understanding of linguistics as a discipline as well as some proficiency in the use of linguistic terminology and techniques

- has a basic understanding of literary analysis and interpretation in terms of the structures and literary devices foundational to the relevant genres


The student

- is able to use linguistic terminology and techniques in academic texts in English on linguistic topics

- is able to use oral and written skills in literary studies as an academic discipline

General competence

- the student has a good foundation for further studies in English linguistics, literature, and culture.

Linguistics: After course completion the students will have a basic understanding of linguistics as a discipline. They will also have basic knowledge of the use of linguistic terminology and techniques, and in writing academic texts in English on linguistic topics.

Literature: Upon completion, students are expected to have elementary knowledge of literary analysis and interpretation in terms of the structures and devices that are foundational to the relevant genres. The students also develop oral and written skills in literary studies as academic discipline

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge


Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap


Access to the Course

The course is open to students admitted to the BA program in English, students in the English one year programme, and the Teacher Training program with an MA in foreign languages at UiB.

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching is organized as lectures and seminars in each discipline, linguistics and literature/culture:

Lectures and group/seminar: up to 28 hours.

Students are expected to be present for and active in the teaching. This expectation is also the basis for the preparation toward the exam.

In the case that fewer than five students register for a course, the organized teaching may be adapted to fit the number of students. If this occurs, students will be informed at the start of the semester, and before the registration deadline 1. February/1. September.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Students submit drafts of two essays, one in linguistics and one in literature/culture. The draft is submitted on Mitt UiB. Both drafts must be approved in order for the student to take the course exam.

Compulsory assignments are valid for one semester following the semester of instruction.

Forms of Assessment

Assessment in the course is through a portfolio comprised of two essays; one essay in linguistics and one in literature. The essays are 1500 words each (+/- 10%), excluding list of works cited and attachments. Each essay is valued equally. Both essays must get a passing grade in order for the total exam to pass.

Examination Support Material

Not relevant.

Grading Scale

For grading the scale A - F is used, where F is a fail

Assessment Semester

Fall. There is also an exam early in the spring semester for students with valid and approved obligatory assignments.

Reading List

The reading list is a selection of texts which provide an introduction to English linguistics and the writing of academic texts on topic in linguistics, and which give an introduction to literary analysis and interpretation.

The reading list is made available by 01.06.

Course Evaluation

Teaching is evaluated in accordance with the quality control system at the University of Bergen.

Programme Committee

The Programme Board is responsible for the academic content and structure of the study programme, and for the quality of all the subjects therein.

Course Coordinator

Programstyret for engelsk.

Course Administrator

The Department of Foreign Languages at the Faculty of Humanities has the administrative responsibility for the course and the study program.


Studierettleiar: studierettleiar@if.uib.no
Eksamensadministrasjon: eksamen@if.uib.no

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Portfolio assessment

    Submission deadline
    25.02.2022, 13:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam